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A member of the bodyguard or household troops of a Danish or Anglo-Saxon king or noble.
(Historical Terms) (in medieval Europe) a household warrior of Danish kings and noblemen
[Old English hūscarl, from Old Norse hūskarl manservant, from hūs house + karl man; see churl]
a member of the household troops or bodyguard of a Danish or early English king or noble.
[before 1050; Middle English; late Old English hūscarl
< early Dan hūskarl.
References in periodicals archive
In 1041 Hardicanute sent his housecarls
over all the kingdom to collect the tribute which he had imposed.
(the Anglo-Saxon Brigade of Guards) used the hammer as a specialist weapon - flung over the heads of their own front rank it would strike down enemy troops.
Accompanied by his hand picked guard of Housecarls
, loyal and professional soldiers whom even the Norwegians said were worth any two of their own number, he approached the Norwegian King.