Byzantine Armies 886-1118 by Ian HeathByzantine Armies 886-1118 by Ian Heath

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.
Ian Heath is a highly respected author, and has written a number of Osprey titles, among them MAA 275 The Taiping Rebellion 1851-66. He is also currently working on a five-volume project covering the armies of 19th-century Asia. Ian lives and works in Cambridgeshire, UK.
Title:Byzantine Armies 886-1118Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.7 × 7.27 × 0.07 inPublisher:Bloomsbury USA

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ISBN - 10:0850453062

ISBN - 13:9780850453065

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Table of Contents

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

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