Byzantine Armies: 886-1118/Ian Heath, Angus McBride. Osprey Men at Arms Series. Softcover. First edition 1979. Out of print. Condition: Good, very light tanning to cover. ISBN 0850453062
The Byzantines had a remarkably sophisticated approach to politics and military strategy. Having learnt very early in their history that winning a battle did not necessarily win a war, they frequently bought off their enemies with treaties and bribes rather than squander men and materiel in potentially fruitless campaigns. This book examines the Byzantine Army, which, at the height of its power and efficiency, was the best-organised, best-trained, best-equipped and highest-paid in the known world.