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The 30th of May 1453. The Byzantine warrior: attempt for reconstruction of external appearance and accoutrements


Authors:
Stanimir Dimitrov St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Pages: 167-174

Abstract:

The paper try to give answer on the questions about arms and armour used from Byzantine warriors in the final years of life of independent Greek States and in the remaining year still the end of 15thc when Ottoman rule will put an end on the military tradition brought by different social layers. The author’s opinion is that tracing post Byzantine society we can reveal weapons and tactics used by Romaioi before capture of Constantinople by the turks. Pivotal points are Italian sources from 1470s that mention a new type of military formation. Mentioned by Marino Sanudo, Philip de Comin and Molines like “stradiotto, stradioti”, they will become very popularin European war theatre. Besides written sources are used representations in works of art. They represent warriors with no typical for Western Europe outfit.

Keywords:

Byzantine warrior, Constantinople, 15th Century, military tradition, “stradiotto, stradioti”

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