Byzantine Naval Forces 1261–1461: The Roman Empire's Last Marines (Men-at-Arms #502) (Paperback)

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By Raffaele D’Amato, Igor Dzis (Illustrator), Peter Dennis (Illustrator)
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After the recapture of Constantinople, Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos was determined to bring glory back to the Byzantine Empire. To achieve this, he established an Imperial Fleet and raised new regiments of elite marine troops. This work provides a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the unit history and appearance of these men, who were at the cutting edge of the last great height of Byzantine naval power. They won victory after victory in campaigns throughout the 1260s–70s, and though successive periods of decline and partial resurrection followed, these marine units survived until the very last flickers of Byzantine resistance were extinguished. Drawing upon early literary sources, the rich evidence of period illuminated manuscripts, frescoes, and other iconography, Raffaele D'Amato details the lasting legacy of the swansong of Byzantine naval power.

About the Author

Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Praise For…

"An interesting read on a very, very obscure subject." - Sea Classics

". . . anyone interested in exploring an area of history which is not commonly covered would do well to pick up this title" - Warship International

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472807281
ISBN-10: 1472807286
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Men-at-Arms