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To: investigateworld
Not just Arab chieftains; but also the famed Vangarian Guard of the Byzantine Emperors (modern day Istanbul Turkey).

A King of Norway, Harald Hardrade (hard to “read”) actually served in the Vangarian guard before being called back to Norway to be King.

49 posted on 03/28/2008 10:14:20 AM PDT by allmendream ("A Lyger is pretty much my favorite animal."NapoleonD)
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To: allmendream
It was the Varangian Guard.

Harald Hardrada invaded England in 1066 and was killed at the battle of Stamford Bridge near York on Sept. 25, 1066. He was supported by Earl Tostig, the brother of King Harold II of England.

56 posted on 03/28/2008 1:59:28 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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