Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The Taghmata and Imperial Guard

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The hundred-year period ending in 1025, from the reign of the Emperor Constantine VII to that of Basil II 'the Bulgar-Slayer', encompassed the last great era of Byzantine aggression and dominance in the Near East and Balkans. During that time, a succession of soldier-emperors challenged and defeated an array of opponents on land and at sea and reconquered vast swathes of territory. At the heart of the Emperors' forces were the professional, highly mobile Tagmata or Imperial Guard regiments, originally formed to ...
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Overview

The hundred-year period ending in 1025, from the reign of the Emperor Constantine VII to that of Basil II 'the Bulgar-Slayer', encompassed the last great era of Byzantine aggression and dominance in the Near East and Balkans. During that time, a succession of soldier-emperors challenged and defeated an array of opponents on land and at sea and reconquered vast swathes of territory. At the heart of the Emperors' forces were the professional, highly mobile Tagmata or Imperial Guard regiments, originally formed to guard the Emperor¹s person in the capital but invariably deployed as elite combat troops. Joining these heavy cavalry units, were a variety of exotic mercenary units recruited from foreigners, notably the legendary Varangians. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this lively study sheds new light on the colourful regiments of the Byzantine Imperial Guard, the formidable warriors who provided the Byzantine emperors with an insurance policy in the capital, and the elite of their field armies when on campaign.
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"...this book is an interesting look at colorful and exotic cavalrymen who helped keep Byzantine Emperors on the throne at home and served as their elite troops in the field. The gorgeous color illustrations by Giuseppe Rava are worth the price of admission to this book on their own."
- Toy Soldier & Model Figure (January 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849088503
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 782,075
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient world. He is an external professor to the Athens University School of Philosophy and Material Culture.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology 5

The Regiments - Formation & Organization 10

The Thémata

The Tághmata: Skhólai - Eskoubitores - 'Víghla' or 'Arithmós' - Ikanátoi - Athanatoi - Noúmeroi and Teichistai

Vasilikoploimon (the Constantinople fleet) The Imperial Guard: Vasilikê Etaireia - Vasilikodhrómonion (the Imperial flotilla) - Maghlavítai - Vasilikoi Anthropoi

Other Guard units: Archontogennhematai - Sardoi - the Varangian Guard

Clothing

Weapons & Equipment 41

Weapons: Swords - daggers - spears - maces - axes - bows

Defensive equipment: Helmets - body armour: lamellar, scale and mail - 'soft' armour - shields

Horse equipment

Select Bibliography 61

Index 64

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Recommended but not appropriate for NOOK

    This is a wonderfully written and well documented book. Unfortunately, its value depends on iys illustrations which are lost in the NOOK. I have now ordered it in hard copy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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