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A '''Housecarl''' (sometimes spelled '''Huscarl''') was an [[Anglo-Saxon]] [[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]].
 
A '''Housecarl''' (sometimes spelled '''Huscarl''') was an [[Anglo-Saxon]] [[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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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 lords stead in a number of tasks.

Revision as of 22:48, 29 January 2006

A Housecarl (sometimes spelled Huscarl) was an Anglo-Saxon warrior who had sworn fealty to a lord. As vassals living in a noble's household, Housecarls were the standing 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 lords stead in a number of tasks.