The Varangian Guard

In the middle ages, the Emperor of Byzantium maintained a large private bodyguard of up to 6,000 men called the Varangian Guard. Initially composed of huge axe-wielding Scandinavian mercenaries during the tenth century, their numbers were later augmented by deposed Anglo-Saxon warriors from the Norman conquest of England.



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https://deadliestblogpage.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/elite-warriors-of-history-2/
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