Primary Sources relating to the Varangian Guard

Evidence of the Varangian Guard is not plentiful. However there are a number of literary and graphical sources which give a picture of the lifestyle, culture, and history of the members of the Varangian Guard. In the pages below are included a selection of quotes, carvings, and pictures that the members of the New Varangian Guard have used to build a reference base about the origional Guard.

Illustration from the Skylitzes Manuscript(Warning: Large picture file)
A short comentary by Peter Beatson on another illustration in the Skylitzes Manuscript.
Line 18 July 1996