Byzantine Armies 886–1118

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Byzantine Armies 886–1118

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The Byzantines had a remarkably sophisticated approach to politics and military strategy. Unlike most of their contemporaries, they learnt very early in their history that winning a battle did not necessarily win a war, and they frequently bought off their enemies with treaties and bribes rather than squander men and matériel in potentially fruitless campaigns. The Byzantine army of the 10th and early 11th centuries, at the height of its power and efficiency, was the best-organised, best-trained, best-equipped and highest-paid in the known world. This splendid book by Ian Heath examines the Byzantine Armies from 886-1118, including the lusty, hard-fighting, hard-drinking 'barbarian' Varangian guard.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Organization · The Tagmata · The Varangian Guard · The Theme System · The Terrible Day: Manzikert 1071 · The Post-Manzikurt Period · The Plates

Product details

Published Jul 05 1979
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9780850453065
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 89
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Angus McBride

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