housecarl

housecarl

[hous-kahrl]
noun
a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English; late Old English hūscarl < Danish hūskarl. See house, carl

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housecarl (ˈhaʊsˌkɑːl)
 
n
(in medieval Europe) a household warrior of Danish kings and noblemen
 
[Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl manservant, from hūshouse + karl man; see churl]

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housecarl

member of the personal or household troops or bodyguard of Scandinavian kings and chieftains in the Viking and medieval periods. The housecarls achieved a celebrated place in European history as the Danish occupation force in England under Canute the Great in 1015-35.

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