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Old November 7th, 2012, 06:00 AM   #11

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I have seen that year 907 in 2 different books. I have never seen a 941 attack mentioned. In 907 the Rus sign a trade agreement that allows them to trade inside the walls of Constantinople, but a few years later they attack again? That dosen't make much sense.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 02:59 PM   #12

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Perhaps you should research more in that case? The war of 941 was among the most famous of the Rus'-Byzantine Wars. I am unsure as to why it happened, but it did happen.

Rus'-Byzantine treaties were made in 907, 911, 945, 977 and 1045. Information on them is easily accessible online.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 02:25 PM   #13

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In the Alexiad Anna Komemne talks about her father fighting the Normans. Alexios was armed and equipped as a Katophract. It mentions an incident when he was surrounded by enemies and was struck several times by spears. "His horse bolted" and he made an escape but with three or four lances sticking out of his armor. None of them penetrated. So, we can assume that the armor of the kataphractoi was pretty effective.
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In the Alexiad Anna Komemne talks about her father fighting the Normans. Alexios was armed and equipped as a Katophract. It mentions an incident when he was surrounded by enemies and was struck several times by spears. "His horse bolted" and he made an escape but with three or four lances sticking out of his armor. None of them penetrated. So, we can assume that the armor of the kataphractoi was pretty effective.
True, but it was such a minority in the Komnenian army that they couldn't do as nearly as much damage as the kataphraktoi of Phokas and Tzimiskes. Macedonian-dynasty offensive armies were primarily cavalry with infantry in a support role. By 1100 that role had probably switched as kataphraktoi became more expensive to maintain and train.

So yes, they were the super-calvary of their day, but by Alexios I's reign they weren't as important a factor.
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So yes, they were the super-calvary of their day, but by Alexios I's reign they weren't as important a factor.
A close reading of named military units in the Alexiad suggests that there wasn't much of an army period in Alexios' day, even before he lost what he had to the Normans.
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