Warfare

BriefHistory

Warfare

There would have been a group of Thanes with the King at all times called the King’s Thanes, Thanes out in the Kingdom would rotate with each other one month with the King then two months at home, these were the standing army equipped with amongst other things chain mail, helmet, sword, lance, possibly an axe, shield and a horse with equipment. Then comes the Fyrd of local freemen of Churls/Ceorls who were more lightly armoured would have a shield, lance, axe, possible sword, unlikely to have any mail. These would normally back up the Thanes but there has been many times where they fought on there own and the whole thing was glued together by loyalty to each other and to the man above, the whole system was built on this, it was a shared society and this was its strength so it could then have a better chance of surviving hardship like failed crops, warfare and anything else that life threw at them.