The Late Byzantine Army: Arms and Society, 1204-1453

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 438 pages
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Mark C. Bartusis opens an extraordinary window on the Byzantine Empire during its last centuries by providing the first comprehensive treatment of the dying empire's military.

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Superb. Admittedly the only book on the subject, it is still readable, nicely researched, and detailed. I've read it half a dozen times.

Contents

The Setting the Questions and the Sources
1
Part One The Army as Instrument of Policy
19
Mercenaries and Their Financing
139
Smallholding and Pronoia Soldiers and Their Financing
157
Professional Soldiers Military Units Recruitment
191
Peasants Retainers Servants
213
The Campaign
235
Palace Guard Garrisons Borders
271
Kastron Countryside 3oft
306
t4 Weapons and Equipment
322
Soldiers Army Society
342
A List of Soldiers
369
Lists of Rulers
384
Index
411
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About the author (1997)

Mark C. Bartusis is Professor of History at Northern State University. He is an expert in later Byzantine political, social and military history and author of The Late Byzantine Army: Arms and Society, 1204 1453.

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