Anglo-Saxon Thegn AD 449–1066

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Anglo-Saxon Thegn AD 449–1066

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The collapse of Roman rule in Britain was not so much a sudden catastrophe as a long and drawn-out decline. The 'Celtic' Britons retreated gradually to the highland areas of Wales, Cornwall and the south-west of Scotland. Control of the fertile eastern lowlands was lost to warriors of Germanic origin who migrated from the Continent. These Germanic conquerors have become known to history as the 'Anglo-Saxons'. They were to dominate the lowland zone of Britain until their final defeat at Hastings in 1066. This title gives an insight into the everyday life, equipment, dress, battle tactics and life on campaign of the typical Anglo-Saxon warrior of this period – the thegn.

Table of Contents

Origins of the Anglo-Saxons · Chronology · Who Were the Thegns? · Recruitment and Organisation · Equipment of the Thegn · Clothing · Everyday Life · On Campaign · The Thegn in Battle · Museums · Collecting · Re-enactment · Bibliography · Glossary

Product details

Published Nov 25 1993
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781855323490
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 49 b/w; 12 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 5
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison has a Bachelor's degree in Medieval…


Gerry Embleton

Gerry Embleton has been a leading illustrator an…


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