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  • n. An English militiaman of the Saxon period; often a land worker called to arms in support of the King or a local Lord. The fyrdmen were usually armed with either swords or spears.


From Old English fyrdmann, fierdmann ("warrior"), from fierd ("army") + mann ("man"). More at ferd, man. (Wiktionary)


  • If one opens a novel and encounters men wearing chausses and braies, women wearing wimples and bliauts, dinner menus featuring manchet loaves and angel bread, reeves collecting feorm, a fyrdman carrying a seax or a musician playing a rebec, it’s immediately apparent that the story is set in a world that is not the same as the modern world, where people dress and act and perhaps think differently.

    Archive 2006-08-01


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