The Druzhina were the elite knights of the Medieval Kievan Rus! Click the link https://www.blinkist.com/invicta in my description to start your free 7 day trial with Blinkist and get 25% off of a Premium membership.
This Units of History documentary explores the early history of Ukraine and Russia through the lens of the Elite Druzhina of the Kievan Rus. The video begins with the geography of eastern europe and the various peoples of early and late antiquity who came to occupy these lands. Among the most prominent of these were the Slavs who soon merged with the steppe and norse tribes that frequently entered their lands for trade and conquest. We cover the rise of the Kievan Rus under Prince Rurik and how his descendants came to carve out a vast domain with the help of their loyal bodyguards. It is these men who would eventually become the Druzhina that both served as the military and administrative backbone of the realm. The documentary next covers the equipment, organization, tactics, and service history of these Kievan Rus knights. Notable examples of their campaigns invovled the siege of Constantinople against the Byzantines, the Battle of Alta River agains the Pechenegs, and the Battle on the Ice against the Tutonic Order.
Stay tuned for more episodes on the history of the Kievan Rus as a part of our ongoing exploration of the history of Ukraine and the history of Russia.
What Units of History should we cover next?
THE HELLENISTIC WORLD
Macedonian Silver Shields : https://youtu.be/csw9uSRjUz8
Macedonian Companion Cavalry : https://youtu.be/bbLnrGGqyWY
The Spartan Skiritai : https://youtu.be/MSsUYZBd414
The Spartan Royal Guard : https://youtu.be/pSIh_mTEy_o
The Sacred Band of Thebes : https://youtu.be/xWsZwlN1j3c
Mycenaean Chariots : https://youtu.be/-TyVh8PlnS4
Balearic Slingers : https://youtu.be/3uDtrwNY0Zk
Nubian Archers : https://youtu.be/qvO3_kYRRw8
The Sacred Band of Carthage : https://youtu.be/oX3y1GYcCEY
Carthaginian War Elephants : https://youtu.be/hDSRHGFCWEo
The Numidian Cavalry : https://youtu.be/3tv7EbkrX38
THE NEAR EAST
The 10,000 Immortals : https://youtu.be/Rg1WpzDfyNM
Sources and Suggested Reading:
The Rus Primary Chronicle
Armies of Medieval Russia by Osprey Publishing
Research = Sophia Ware
Writing = Sophia Ware
Narration = Guy Michaels
Artwork = Penta Limited