The Varangian Guard

Illustration

by Unknown Artist
published on 09 November 2017

A 12th century CE illustration showing the Varangian Guard defending a city. The Varangians were an elite corps of the Byzantine army and palace bodyguard from the 11th to 13th centuries CE. They were composed of Vikings and then Anglo-Saxons. (From the Madrid Skylitzis, National Library of Spain, Madrid)

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