The Byzantine army evolved from that of the late Roman Empire. The language of the army was still Latin but it became. A cataphract was a form of armored heavy cavalry used in ancient warfare by a number of .. The Byzantine army maintained units of heavily armored cavalrymen up until its final years, mostly in the form of Western European Latinikon. The Byzantine cavalry were ideally suited to combat on the plains of Anatolia and northern Syria, which, from the seventh century.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Byzantine Cavalryman c. Osprey’s study of the Byzantine cavalrymen, who were regarded as the elite arm of the military during the Middle Byzantine period The cavalry executed high speed reconnaissance, agile arrow barrages and crippling blows to enemy formations. Its ranks were filled primarily through direct recruitment or hereditary service by holders of military lands, but in times Osprey’s study of the Byzantine cavalrymen, who were regarded as the elite arm of the military during the Middle Byzantine period Its ranks were filled primarily through direct recruitment or hereditary service by holders of military lands, but in times of crisis irregulars would be temporarily enlisted.
Few books provide any accessible study of the medieval Romaic soldier’s life, and this colorful addition to the Warrior series seeks to redress this imbalance. Offering a thorough and detailed examination of their training, weaponry, dress and daily life, this book re-affirms the importance of cavalry troops in military victories of the period. Making use of original Greek source material, and featuring unpublished manuscript images, this follow-on volume to Warrior Byzantine Infantryman c.
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As the title indicates, this concentrates on the cavalry arm of the Byzantine army. The main shortcoming of the previous volume was that it was highly theoretical and based largely on the 10th century military manuals with very little information on what actually happened as opposed to the theoretical version of events proposed in the military manuals.
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To be fair, most Byzantine chroniclers were more interested i Here Timothy Dawson has produced a follow-up volume to his ‘Byzantine Infantryman’. To be fair, most Byzantine chroniclers were more interested in campaigns than battles and thus the literature on military life is poor, but there are snippets available.
This volume corrects that, and Dawson looks at a much wider range of literature, in part because more information is available on the cavalry, and in part because it seems that Dr. Dawson has become better acquainted with the material.
However, this volume has some serious flaws. It contains so many basic factual errors that I am forced to give it three stars.
If it weren’t for the fact that a number of renowned Byzantinists use Dawson’s academic works on military equipment, I’d be inclined to never read anything of his again and drop it down to two stars.
In this case, I suspect that Dawson does know what he is doing, but that does not excuse a sloppy book. For example, he claims that Constantine made a new imperial capital at Constantinople, but this is not the case.
He also claims that Vavalryman and Egypt fell due to religious dissatisfaction, but the situation is far more complicated than that, as Walter Kaegi has demonstrated. Dawson says in the text, despite contradicting his own chronological table, that Basil II took power in He took power in Byzatnine also claims that civil war caused the loss of territory to the Turks after the battle of Manzikert inbut Mark Whittow has demonstrated in ‘Alexios I Komnenos: Papers’ that factionalism and the collapse of the thematic structures had a far greater impact.
I could go on, and if anyone wants further comments on the multitude of historical errors in this work, or wants to hear about some of the other ones that I have not mentioned here, please leave a comment on this review and I’ll get back to you. In sum, this book is rife with historical error, but represents a slight step forward for Dr.
Dawson from his last book.
Most of the mistakes could be cleared up by some better research, a proofread by a proper textual historian, and perhaps a better editor. This is not a bad book, but if you want to read, read it cavalrymxn, and use the good parts, like Dawson’s research on the equipment, but ignore the rest. Owen rated it really liked it Aug 23, Sedenya rated it really liked it Mar 31, Eva rated it it was ok Jun 01, Michael rated it really liked it Nov 17, Matthew Bridgett rated it really liked it Sep 20, John somers cavaltyman it really liked it Feb 06, Frank rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Hisham rated it liked it Jul 24, cafalryman Kyle Williams rated it really liked it Nov 16, Belisarios Digenis rated it liked it Dec 24, Christopher rated it really liked it Dec 07, Erich Anderson rated it it was amazing Dec 05, Greg Pitts rated it liked it Jun 15, Sarcasm rated it liked it Mar 14, Wolfgang Schwerdt rated it really liked cavalryma Mar 30, Marcus Pailing nyzantine it ybzantine liked it Jun 29, Demetrios rated it liked it May 01, Alan rated it liked it Apr 08, Zdenko Juskuv rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Andrew marked it as to-read Nov 11, Dom Puzool added it Dec 06, Jonathan marked it as to-read May 27, Austin Summers added it Aug 12, Redzanov marked it as to-read Dec 22, Alberta marked it as to-read Nov 06, Rob Bekkers added it Mar cavalryma, Qenoah added it Aug 08, Koit marked it as to-read Sep 01, David Quirama marked it as to-read Dec 13, Jamie Revell added it May 22, David marked it as to-read Sep 19, Filip marked it as to-read Sep 29, Sandeep Mohan marked it as to-read Mar 04, Peat marked it as to-read Nov 21, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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