The New Varangian Guard Inc

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Title

The New Varangian Guard Inc

Subject

Anglo-Saxon, Byzantium, Byzantine Empire, Constantinople, Istanbul, Norman, Norman Conquest, recreation, re-enactment, Rus, Turkey, Varangian, Varangian Guard, The Varangian Voice, Viking

Description

The New Varangian Guard are an Australian historical re-enactment group with fifteen branches throughout Australia. The group concentrate on the Byzantine (or Eastern Roman) Empire, particularly between the ninth and thirteenth centuries. During most of this period the Varangian guard existed. As well as participating in re-enactment activities the group also engage in more scholarly activities and their website includes a number of articles. The group began in 1981 and produce a newsletter, The Varangian Voice.

The Byzantine Empire was centred on Constantinople, now Istanbul in modern-day Turkey. The Varangian guard were part of the Byzantine army and eventually became the elite bodyguard of the Emperor. They were initially dominated by Vikings, often referred to as Rus or Varangians in the written sources, but following the Norman conquest of England in 1066 many Anglo-Saxons joined the guard.

Creator

McLeod, Shane

Date

10 September 2011

Rights

The New Varangian Guard Inc.

Format

Hyperlink

Language

English

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Citation

“The New Varangian Guard Inc,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed November 18, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/540.