Anglo-Saxon Warrior - Thegn

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This image depicts an artist’s rendering of an Anglo-Saxon warrior called a “Thegn.”

Who was a thegn?  What role did such men play in the former Roman province of Britannia?

Osprey Publishing has released a book about the Anglo-Saxon thegns.  We learn more about these individuals from the publisher’s notes:

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.

After the Battle of Hastings, when William the Conqueror began his rule of Britain, the "Norman Conquesst" brought about additional changes.  Thegns (part of the country's Anglo-Saxon heritage) were replaced with Norman barons (some of whom served as Knights).

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Mar 19, 2019

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Image online, courtesy Historic Kent.co.uk



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