Byzantium at War 600 to 1453 - Osprey
Author: John Haldon
96 pages - PDF - 33 mb
Byzantium survived for 800 years, yet its dominions and power fluctuated dramatically during that time.
John Haldon tells the story from the days when the Empire was barely clinging on to survival, to the age when its fabulous wealth attracted Viking mercenaries and Asian nomad warriors to its armies, their very appearance on the field enough to bring enemies to terms.
In 1453 the last emperor of Byzantium, Constantine XII, died fighting on the ramparts, bringing to a romantic end the glorious history of this legendary empire.
Background to war : The political world of Byzantium
Warring sides: Neighbours and enemies
Outbreak: Why and how did Byzantium fight wars?
The fighting: Organising for war
Portrait of a soldier: Recruitment, discipline, and campaign life
The world around war: War and peace
Portrait of a civilian: Matrios - a farmer
How the wars ended: Death of an empire
Conclusion and consequences: War, peace, and survival
Byzantine rulers AD 527–1453
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