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The '''Varangian Guard''' was an army of six thousand [[Russia]]n and [[Norse]] soldiers given to [[Byzantine]] [[Emperor]] [[Basil II]] by Grand Prince Vladimir of Kiev in 988 AD. They served in the Empire's army and in the early [[11th century]] they replaced native [[soldier]]s as the Empire's bodyguards. Later that century, many [[England|Englishmen]] were added to their ranks. Their power waned after the fourth [[crusade]].
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The '''Varangian Guard''' was an [[army]] of six thousand [[Russia]]n and [[Norse]] soldiers given to [[Byzantine]] [[Emperor]] [[Basil II]] by [[Grand Prince]] Vladimir of Kiev in 988 [[AD]]. They served in the Empire's army and in the early [[11th century]] they replaced native [[soldier]]s as the Empire's bodyguards. Later that century, many [[England|Englishmen]] were added to their ranks. Their power waned after the fourth [[crusade]].
   
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* '''The [[New Varangian Guard]]''' - a [[reenactment]] group based on the Varangian Guard.
 
* '''The [[New Varangian Guard]]''' - a [[reenactment]] group based on the Varangian Guard.

Latest revision as of 11:18, 12 August 2011

The Varangian Guard was an army of six thousand Russian and Norse soldiers given to Byzantine Emperor Basil II by Grand Prince Vladimir of Kiev in 988 AD. They served in the Empire's army and in the early 11th century they replaced native soldiers as the Empire's bodyguards. Later that century, many Englishmen were added to their ranks. Their power waned after the fourth crusade.

See also: