Training the fyrd

From: Benedict Adamson <>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 17:11:51 +0000

> Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 20:42:54 GMT
> From: (Donald R. Oddy)
> Subject: The Hero Farm

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> weaponthanes as the chief's bully boys. I look at them as combat
> specialists who are attached to a wealthy thane's household. The chief
> will usually have more than anyone else in the clan but less than half
> the total. This dispersal round the tula makes more sense from the
> point of view of training the fyrd - a lot more training will be
> done if it doesn't involve a long walk to the chief's stead.
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What's this nonsense about training the fyrd? The fyrd doesn't training. It assembles when necessary. Nobody tries to train it: not weaponthanes, not the chief. Whatever next? fyrd tactics?

The fyrd is farmers with spears and shields.

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