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    The Varangian Guard 988-1453 (Men-At-Arms (Osprey)) (Paperback) By (author) Raffaele D'Amato, Illustrated by Giuseppe Rava

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    DescriptionThe Varangian Guards were Viking mercenaries who operated far beyond their native shores as an elite force within the Byzantine Armies. Descendants from a legendary line of warriors, the Varangian Guard was formed after a group of Viking mercenaries made a major contribution to the Byzantine Emperor Basil II's victory over rebel forces in 988 AD. These 5,000 men were then retained as Basil's personal guard and would provide loyal service to many successive occupants of the imperial throne. Commonly referred to as 'foreigners' (Etaireia), they were nonetheless absorbed into a new Palatine regiment under command of an officer termed the Akolouthos, who was either a Norsemen or a Rus (Norsemen colonisers of Russia). The Varangians wore mixtures of their native clothing and armour together with a splendid formal Byzantine uniform. But most famously, they always wielded their own traditional battle-axes and in fact this became a sign that the emperor was on the battlefield in person. This is an insightful look of one of the legendary guard units of the medieval world.

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    The Varangian Guard 988-1453
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Raffaele D'Amato, Illustrated by Giuseppe Rava
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 48
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 251 mm
    Thickness: 3 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9781849081795
    ISBN 10: 1849081794

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    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBW, JWTR
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    B&T Approval Code: A44092000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
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    DC22: 355.00949509, 355.009496180902
    LC classification: DL65 .D325 2010
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    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHDJ
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.)
    Osprey Publishing
    Imprint name
    Osprey Publishing
    Publication date
    22 June 2010
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    Author Information
    Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experiencd Turin-based reseracher of the ancient world. He is an external professor to the Athens University School of Philosophy and Material Culture. He has previously written "Roman Military Clothing (3)" and "Imperial Roman Naval Forces 31 BC-AD 500" for Osprey Publishing.
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    ""The Varangian Guard 988-1453" shines a spotlight on legendary warriors who operated far beyond their native shores as an elite force within the Byzantine army ... Overall this48-page book is a slender but insightful look at one of the legendary guard units of the medieval world." -"Toy Soldier & Model Figure"