Byzantine Armies, 886-1118, Paperback Book

Byzantine Armies, 886-1118 Paperback

Illustrated by Angus McBride

Part of the Men-at-Arms series

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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 materiel 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 48 pages, illustrations, maps
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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  • Category: History: specific events & topics
  • ISBN: 9780850453065



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This is a slim volume that gives a wealth of pictures of armor and weaponry used by the Byzantines. My own knowledge of weaponry is sketchy at best so this is highly instructive to me when I have a need for info like this.

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A good solid Osprey Book, covering the glory days of the resurgent empire. Too few pictures, too little text, I want the world for nothing!