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The Varangians of Byzantium : an aspect of Byzantine military history

Author: Sigfús Blöndal; Benedikt S Benedikz
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An aura of romance has clung about the Varangians for over six centuries. This book examines how the Norsemen came to be drawn into the Imperial service until the greatest of all the Emperors of the East, Basil II, formed them into the regiment of guards which was to give unique service to the Empire. It surveys the history of the regiment down to the collapse of High Byzantium in 1204 and traces the remnant of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sigfús Blöndal; Benedikt S Benedikz
ISBN: 9780521035521 052103552X 0521217458 9780521217453
OCLC Number: 122283207
Notes: Translated from the Icelandic.
Description: xiii, 242 pages : illustration, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Varangians and their origins --
2. The army and navy of the High Byzantine Empire --
3. Norse and Russian forces in the Byzantine army to the death of Romanos III --
4. Haraldr Siguroarson and his period as a Varangian in Constantinople, 1034-1043 --
5. The Varangians between 1042 and 1081 --
6. Varangians during the period 1081-1204 --
7. The ghost of the regiment: Varangian evidences 1204-1453 --
8. The Emperor, his Court, his guards and his city --
9. Some individual Norse and English Varangians and travellers to Byzantium --
10. Runic inscriptions concerning Varangians.
Other Titles: Væringjasaga.
Responsibility: Sigfús Blöndal ; translated, revised and rewritten by Benedict Benedikz.

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An aura of romance has clung about the Varangians for over six centuries. This book examines how the Norsemen came to be drawn into the Imperial service until the greatest of all the Emperors of the  Read more...

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