EXPEDITION OF THE ALMUGAVARS or Catalan Routiers in Byzantium 1302-1322
By Gustave Schlumberger Translated by G.F. Nafziger
Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Pages: 97b pages
$19.95 soft cover
Imagine 4,000 infantry and cavalry, mercenaries, who having finished a war in Italy and seeking work, are engaged by the Byzantine Emperor to save Anatolia from the Turks. Imagine this tiny band eradicating the Turks and recapturing all of Anatolia for the Emperor. Imagine the Emperor then trying to pay these ferocious warriors with debased currency, murdering their leader, and then telling them to take a hike. Their revenge is amazing and not only is the Byzantine empire ravaged, but the last Frankish kingdom left over from the 1204 Crusade wiped out in a massive battle of armored knights against far clever mercenaries.