Byzantine Armies AD 1118–1461

Byzantine Armies AD 1118–1461

Men-at-Arms 287
  • Author: Ian Heath
  • Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • Short code: MAA 287
  • Publication Date: 13 Nov 1995
  • ISBN: 9781855323476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

The Byzantine Empire's disastrous defeat by the Seljuk Turks at Manzikert in 1071 effectively marked the end of what is often described as the 'middle' period of Byzantine history. Thereafter, surrounded on all sides by younger, more vigorous nations, the once all-powerful Empire slipped into a steady decline which, ultimately, was to prove terminal. However, the Empire's demise was anything but peaceful, and, one way or another, for much of the last four centuries of its existence it was to find itself in a state of virtually constant war. This book examines the fascinating history of the Byzantine Empire and its armies from 1118-1461 AD.

Biographical Note

Ian Heath is a highly respected author, and has written a number of Osprey titles, including MAA 89 Byzantine Armies 886-1118, MAA 287 Byzantine Armies 1118-1461 and MAA 275 The Taiping Rebellion 1851-66. He is also currently working on a five-volume project covering the armies of 19th-century Asia. Ian lives and works in Cambridgeshire, UK.Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.

Contents

Introduction Military Chronology The Byzantine Armed Forces 1118-1453 'Soldiers Hired Amongst All Nations' The End of the Empire The Empire of Trebizond The Plates

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