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  • n. Plural form of housecarl.


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  • The housecarls were the only regular portion of the army The great bulk of the force, both land and sea, consisting of the levies or militia, whose term of service was very limited.

    Wulf the Saxon A Story of the Norman Conquest

  • Good all-round warriors, like housecarls, don't need extensive special cavalry training, as they would if they were going to charge a shieldwall.

    Horses in seventh-century England

  • Canute maintained a good navy, and his standing army included the famous housecarls, who soon had an Anglo-Saxon contingent.


  • "Impie agents aren't city police or gentry housecarls," the king said.

    The Day of Their Return

  • He's packed the court, like the housecarls and the residencies, with his own creatures.

    The Rebel Worlds

  • Twenty days since the housecarls burst into their bedchamber, arrested them and took them down separate corridors.

    The Rebel Worlds

  • Such was the array of the housecarls and of the thegns who had followed Harold from York or joined him on his march.

    William the Conqueror

  • But it might have been hard to enforce such a policy on men whose hearts were stirred by the invasion, and one part of whom, the King's own thegns and housecarls, were eager to follow up their victory over the Northern with a yet mightier victory over the Norman.

    William the Conqueror

  • Meanwhile the news reached Harold of England; he got together his housecarls and such other troops as could be mustered at the moment, and by a march of almost incredible speed he was able to save the city and all northern England.

    William the Conqueror

  • The Icelandic historian, Snorro, in his dramatic narrative of the fight, tells how Harold rode out accompanied with twenty of his housecarls to have speech with Earl Tostig, and offer him peace; and when asked what amends King Hardrada should have for his trouble in coming, replied, "Seven feet of the ground of England, or more perchance, seeing he is taller than other men."

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8 A series of pen and pencil sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in History


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