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2 Leo, Tactica, 18. THE BYZANTINES AND THEIR ENEMIES. ] 37 vader at times, when it prevailed, he did not display his ordinary firmness and daring, and could be attacked at great advantage. Much could also be done by delivering a vigorous raid into his : country, and wasting Cilicia and Northern Syria, the his armies were reported to moment have passed north into Cappadocia. This destructive practice was very frequently adopted, and the sight of two enemies each ravaging the other's territory without attempting to defend his own, was only too familiar to the and Islam.

The adoption of had now infantry changed the aspect of affairs, and distance by the Parthian the it bow by was the horse-archer who now found himself in the charging, since the day by large shield, who formed at a disadvantage Nor could he hope exchange of missiles. * scutati to retrieve the Y or spearmen carrying the the front rank of a Byzantine ' tagma/ could keep at bay horsemen armed, not with the heavy lance of the West, but merely with scimitars and short javelins. Hence the Turk avoided conflicts with the imperial infantry, and used his superior powers of locomotion to keep out of its way.

All indications unite to show, The 'grey war-sark' or 'ring-locked byrnie' of Beowulf was obtainable by kings and princes alone. The helmet also, with its iron- wrought boar-crest,' was very ' restricted in its use. If the monarch and arms, the national levy, which formed the his gesiths main wore such fighting force of a heptarchic kingdom, was entirely without them. Unmolested for English kept up 1 A many centuries in their island home, the the old Teutonic war customs for a longer short weapon like the 'francisca,' not the long Danish axe which afterwards became the national arm.

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