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The Mercenary Identity in Byzantium: the Case of Western European Mercenaries (2016-2017)


Publication: 10.58367/NECY.2023.1
Field of study: Byzantine Studies

Throughout its history the Byzantine army relied heavily on foreign soldiers of diverse cultural and ethnic background. By focusing on the west-European soldiers who served in Byzantium from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries, this paper investigates Byzantine ideas about mercenary service, as well as the self-concepts of mercenaries.

Keywords: Byzantium, mercenaries, Byzantine army

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