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review The Varangian Guard 988-1453 (Men-at-Arms) ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Raffaele DAmato ✓ 5 review N the Byzantine Armies The Varangians wore mixtures of their native clothing and armour together with a splendid. The author gleefully parades his knowledge of Byzantine Greek terminology by filling the book with arcane titlesranksetc Since the book is aimed at an English speaking readershipit would have been helpful of him to share the knowledge with us by including a GLOSSARY

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review The Varangian Guard 988-1453 (Men-at-Arms) ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Raffaele DAmato ✓ 5 review The Varangian Guards were Viking mercenaries who operated far beyond their native shores as an elite force withi. This Osprey booklet on the Varangian Guard of Byzantium draws heavily from Bl ndal and Beneditz The Varangians of Byzantium which has at last been reprinted and remains the major reference on the subject To this it adds a few paragraphs inspired by archaeological findings in Bulgaria and in particular at Dristra with the author using the modern Bulgarian name of Drastar where the emperor Alexios Komnenos suffered one of his worst defeats in 1087 and where Varangians were presentAs other reviewers had already commented upon Rava s plates are rather gorgeous Some of sections in particular the one on Guard service and on Euipment are particularly good summaries Others however are perhaps uestionable For instance the discussion on numbers and organization is rather cursory perhaps because of space limitations There seems to be no distinction made between Tagmata professional regiments of Rus or Varangians and the Varangian Guard itself It seems unlikely for instance that the Varangian Guard numbered 6000 in 1203However mercenary Rus infantry regiments PLUS the Guard could perhaps have made up such a total In reality we simply do not know the exact proportions or numbers at all times neither how they evolved over time Since the Varangians were not only bodyguards but also very much shock troops losses tended to be heavy even when the Varangians won Since the sources mention that Basil II first received 6000 warriors in 988 and still had the same number with him some 12 years later despite a number of hard fought victories an implication not mentioned in the book is that losses must have been replenished by a constant stream of recruits attracted by the high pay and encouraged to enlist by their own Prince too happy to get rid of turbulent warriorsOne problem I had with the book is that with a few exceptions the battle of Eski Zagra in particular we do not learn much about the performances of the Varangians We are told about their great reputation as warriors We are shown how their alleged rashness supposedly led to the disaster of Dyrrachium according to Anna Komnene eager to shift responsibility for this military disaster away from her father We are also told of how they largely got themselves killed at Mantzikert and at Dristra probably defending the Emperor in both cases I was expecting to learn about their decisive role in a number of battlesThere are also a number of other issues which are probably due to poor editing In the chronology I was most surprised to learn about Norman ships serving in the byzantine fleet in 967 968 Either this is a mistake or this was supposed to mean Northmen that is from Scandinavia not from Normandy Even surprising is the mention of Vandals serving during a Byzantine expedition in Sicily in 1025 This is probably an oversight from the author since the Vandals had simply disappeared as a people after their kingdom had been destroyed and conuered by Belisarios almost five hundred years before I was also surprised to learn about the battle of Kalouryta in 1077 it seems to be the battle of Kalavrita which took place in 1078 and to my knowledge no Varangians seem to have been present on either side Also it is simply impossible that Alexios Komnenos army was 50000 strong at Dyrrachium He probably did not have that many soldiers left in the whole of what remained of the Empire John Haldon s estimate 20000 to 25000 is much plausible The number mentioned by D Amato may nevertheless represent something like a grand total including both combatants and non combatants servants camp followers etcThree stars but it would have been worth four without the very avoidable typos Musiques De Latlas (les) (Musique du monde) years later despite a number of hard fought victories an implication not mentioned in the book is that losses must have been replenished by a constant stream of recruits attracted by the high pay and encouraged to enlist by their own Prince too happy to get rid of turbulent warriorsOne problem I had with the book is that with a few exceptions the battle of Eski Zagra in particular we do not learn much about the performances of the Varangians We are told about their great reputation as warriors We are shown how their alleged rashness supposedly led to the disaster of Dyrrachium according to Anna Komnene eager to shift responsibility for this military disaster away from her father We are also told of how they largely got themselves killed at Mantzikert and at Dristra probably defending the Emperor in both cases I was expecting to learn about their decisive role in a number of battlesThere are also a number of other issues which are probably due to poor editing In the chronology I was most surprised to learn about Norman ships serving in the byzantine fleet in 967 968 Either this is a mistake or this was supposed to mean Northmen that is from Scandinavia not from Normandy Even surprising is the mention of Vandals serving during a Byzantine expedition in Sicily in 1025 This is probably an oversight from the author since the Vandals had simply disappeared as a people after their kingdom had been destroyed and conuered by Belisarios almost five hundred Latlas des stars dhollywood years before I was also surprised to learn about the battle of Kalouryta in 1077 it seems to be the battle of Kalavrita which took place in 1078 and to my knowledge no Varangians seem to have been present on either side Also it is simply impossible that Alexios Komnenos army was 50000 strong at Dyrrachium He probably did not have that many soldiers left in the whole of what remained of the Empire John Haldon s estimate 20000 to 25000 is much plausible The number mentioned by D Amato may nevertheless represent something like a grand total including both combatants and non combatants servants camp followers etcThree stars but it would have been worth four without the very avoidable typos

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review The Varangian Guard 988-1453 (Men-at-Arms) ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Raffaele DAmato ✓ 5 review Formal Byzantine uniform This title offers an insightful look at this legendary guard units of the medieval wor. Short and easy to read I find Osprey books good for an introduction to a topic and as a springboard for further reading of which The Varangian Guard is no exception though if you were looking to use this formally such as with academic essay writing I would be wary The writing can be clunky at times simply listing event after event in the history section and the impression I get though this is just an impression is that they are written by interested semi professionals rather than top scholars in the field Musiques De Latlas (les) (Musique du monde) you were looking to use this formally such as with academic essay writing I would be wary The writing can be clunky at times simply listing event after event in the history section and the impression I get though this is just an impression is that they are written by interested semi professionals rather than top scholars in the field

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