The Varangians of Byzantium

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 16, 2007 - History - 260 pages
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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 Varangians to the very last day of the Empire in May 1453.
 

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Contents

Varangians and their origins
1
The army and navy of the High Byzantine Empire
15
Norse and Russian forces in the Byzantine army to
32
Haraldr SigurSarson and his period as a Varangian
54
The Varangians between 1042 and 1081
103
Varangians during the period 10811204
122
Varangian evidences 12041453
167
The Emperor his Court his guards and his city
177
Some individual Norse and English Varangians
193
Runic inscriptions concerning Varangians
223
Select bibliography
234
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