Warfare in Late Byzantium, 1204-1453

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BRILL, 23 may. 2011 - 254 páginas
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This book examines Byzantine attitudes towards warfare at a time of crisis when the empire ceased to be a first rate power in the Mediterranean. It investigates the correspondence between official rhetoric and propaganda, on the one hand, and military realities, on the other. It explores the military ethos of the late Byzantine aristocracy and examines Byzantine perceptions of military leadership in comparison to contemporary western European military thinking. The organisation and nature of military operations and the role of the various groups of soldiers are explored to set Byzantine warfare in the wider geographical and cultural context. In addition, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the influences other medieval cultures exerted on Byzantine military thought, organisation and practice.
 

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Introduction
1
Chapter One Warfare and Imperial Propaganda
13
Chapter Two Commanders
45
Chapter Three Soldiers
75
Chapter Four Mercenaries
101
Chapter Five Campaigns
137
Chapter Six Fortifications and Sieges
157
Conclusion
221
Glossary
229
Bibliography
231
Index
245
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Savvas Kyriakidis, PhD (2007) in Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham, is a former research fellow at Ko University and at Princeton University. Other publications include "The Division of Booty in Late Byzantium" in "Jahrbuch der sterreichischen Byzantinistik" (2009).

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