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Noun1.Byzant - a gold coin of the Byzantine Empirebyzant - a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages
coin - a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
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``Ay!'' added Prince John, without heeding him, ``and there is my Mammon of unrighteousness too the Marquis of Marks, the Baron of Byzants, contesting for place with penniless dogs, whose threadbare cloaks have not a single cross in their pouches to keep the devil from dancing there.
``thou pleasest me Here, Isaac, lend me a handful of byzants.''
Many novelties were introduced in better use of horse equipment: hobnailing horses seemed to start in Byzant giving them better foothold and increasing their efficiency in pulling carts; use of saddle and stirrup enabled easier use of the animal and provided better stronghold for a horseman in a fight which made a horse true "war machine" acquiring new dignity and enabling incredible development of feudal cavalry.