Dear Dr. Wisty,
thanks You for your nice review. I agree obvioulsy with you about the usual translation of Miklagard as "Great City", which was of course the first meaning, but I wanted also underline as the recent researches conducted by the Professor Yotov and me have pointed to a possible successive use of the word by the Norsemen as "city of the Archangel Michael", especially from the Varangians of the second generations. S. also on it the book of Yotov quoted in my bibliography. I putted both interpretations beside, but You know, the number of words in Osprey publications is limited and the text has been reduced by the publishers, of course for reason of space. About Giuseppe Rava'artwork I have to say that it is for me the real successor of McBride, and that the colourful result was astonishing, especially if you could look at the original plates...although if obviously is not easy to confront with a legend...
Thank You anyway for your excellent review and best wishes
Dr. Raffaele D'Amato