Any historian of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire knows the significance of the year 1453. That was the year the empire dissolved after the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire. Featuring a distressed double-headed eagle design -- the emblem of the Palaiologoi dynasty of the Byzantine Empire -- this funny history design makes a great gift for the Byzantine fan in your life.
Tags: 1453, constantinople, ottoman-turks, ottoman, istanbul
The Varangian Guard was an elite unit of the Byzantine Army, from the 10th to the 14th centuries, whose members served as personal bodyguards to the Byzantine Emperors. They are known for being primarily composed of Germanic peoples, specifically Norsemen and Anglo-Saxons.
Tags: vikings, norse, norse-mythology, scandinavian, roman-empire