Re: Training the Fyrd

From: Benedict Adamson <>
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 12:26:07 +0000

> Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 02:28:11 -0800 (PST)
> From: guy jobbins <>
> Subject: Re: Training the fyrd

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> how many heortling clans have a fyrd that can stand in
> a shield wall? any, some, most? i'd guess that if
> your clan fyrd doesn't fight in a wall then training
> is a moot point - people show up, run at the enemy and
> jump up and down on them in a melee of one on one
> combats.
> if, on the other hand, your clan fyrd fights in a
> shield wall then they are going to have to be trained.

Considering that the Earl's army probably vastly outnumbered the vikings, all his army had to do was hold the line while its flanks enveloped the vikings. It failed to do so, which suggests the quality of a fyrd is low. The Earl's housecarls heroically fight on to the death, of course.

This is an excellent way of handling it.

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