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Byzantine Naval Forces 1261-1461


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Introduction /Chronology /The Regiments: the Gazmouloi, the marine Tzakones, and the Proeselentai /Provincial fleets /Fleet of the `Trebizond empire' /Unit structure and organization, character and social role /Dress, equipment, armour and weapons /Flags and blazons /Ships /Bibliography /Glossary /Plate commentaries /Index

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An exhaustive study of the last flowering of Byzantium's naval troops, their battles, and their colourful dress and armor, in the chaotic 200 years before the final fall of Constantinople and the destruction of the Eastern Roman Empire.

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Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He currently works as vice-head of the Laboratory of the Danubian Provinces at the University of Ferrara, under Professor Livio Zerbini. Igor Aksent Jevich Dzis was born in 1968 in Ukraine, and studied both at Simferopol Art College in Crimea and as a costume designer at the University of Cinematography in Moscow. He has worked on several historical films, and since 1992 has been illustrating military historical subjects for Russian and international magazines and publishing houses. He currently lives and works in Crimea. This is his first book for Osprey.


"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

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