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"An illumination of a scene from the Skylitzes Chronicle, depicting a Thracesian woman killing a Varangian who tried to rape her, whereupon his comrades praised her and gave her his possessions" [Source: Varangian Guard - Wikipedia]

"An illumination of a scene from the Skylitzes Chronicle, depicting a Thracesian woman killing a Varangian who tried to rape her, whereupon his comrades praised her and gave her his possessions" [Source: Varangian Guard - Wikipedia]

14th century wall painting, Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, Asinou, Cyprus

century wall painting, Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, Asinou, Cyprus

Clash between Byzantines and Arabs at the Battle of Lalakaon (863) and defeat of Amer, the emir of Malatya;  Chronikon of Ioannis Skylitzes, end of 13th century. Chronicle of John Skylitzes, cod. Vitr. 26-2, fol. 73va, Madrid National Library [Source: Varangian Guard - Wikipedia]

Fear – Elements of Slavic ‘Psychological Warfare’ in the context of selected Late Roman Sources

Emperor Theophilos and his court, Skylitzes Chronicle - Muslim conquest of Sicily - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The island of Sicily has a very rich history.

Theophilus making a proclamation.

Skylitzes Chronicle (Codex Græcus Matritensis) - Theophilus making a proclamation.

Here are ten incredible facts that you should know about the Varangian Guard - the elite mercenaries protecting the Eastern Roman Emperor.

Here are ten incredible facts that you should know about the Varangian Guard - the elite mercenaries protecting the Eastern Roman Emperor.

varangian guard

The Varangian Guard was an elite unit of the Byzantine Army, from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries, whose members served as personal bodyguards to the Byzantine Emperors. Mystery of History Volume Lesson 48

Hunterian Psalter c. 1170 Mowing hay - 1100–1200 in European fashion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hunterian Psalter c. 1170 Mowing hay - in European fashion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rus/Vikings Varangians; mercenaries ;Byzantines 10th AD; battle of Drastar

The Varangian Guards were Viking mercenaries who operated far beyond their native shores as an elite force within the Byzantine Armies. Descendants from a legendary line of warriors, the Varangian Guard was formed after a group of Viking mercenaries made

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