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A '''Housecarl''' (sometimes spelled '''Huscarl''' or '''housecarle''', originally '''huskarl''') was a professional [[soldier]] retained by a [[Scandanavia]]n [[king]]. This term was eventually exported to [[Anglo-Saxon]]s who took it to mean [[fighter|warrior]] who had sworn [[fealty]] to a [[lord]]. As [[vassal|vassals]] living in a [[noble]]'s [[household]], Housecarls were the standing fighters of Anglo-Saxon [[England]], comparable to [[knight]]s elsewhere in [[Europe]].
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A '''Housecarl''' (sometimes spelled '''Huscarl''' or '''housecarle''', originally '''huskarl''') was a professional [[soldier]] retained by a [[Scandanavia]]n [[king]]. This term was eventually exported to the [[Anglo-Saxon]]s during the [[11th century]] who took it to mean [[fighter|warrior]] who had sworn [[fealty]] to a [[lord]]. As [[vassal|vassals]] living in a [[noble]]'s [[household]]. Housecarls were the standing royal fighters of Anglo-Saxon [[England]], comparable to [[knight]]s elsewhere in [[Europe]].
   
 
They were required to have the best quality equipment and if they failed to do so they would be expelled from the Huscarls. They had additional duties acting in their lord's stead in a number of tasks.
 
They were required to have the best quality equipment and if they failed to do so they would be expelled from the Huscarls. They had additional duties acting in their lord's stead in a number of tasks.

Revision as of 21:26, 15 April 2007

A Housecarl (sometimes spelled Huscarl or housecarle, originally huskarl) was a professional soldier retained by a Scandanavian king. This term was eventually exported to the Anglo-Saxons during the 11th century who took it to mean warrior who had sworn fealty to a lord. As vassals living in a noble's household. Housecarls were the standing royal fighters of Anglo-Saxon England, comparable to knights elsewhere in Europe.

They were required to have the best quality equipment and if they failed to do so they would be expelled from the Huscarls. They had additional duties acting in their lord's stead in a number of tasks.

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