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(Historical Terms) a variant spelling of thane



1. (in Anglo-Saxon England) a person ranking between an earl and an ordinary freeman, holding land of the king or a lord in return for services.
2. (in medieval Scotland) a person holding land of the king; a baron.
[before 900; late Middle English, Scots variant of Middle English thain, thein, Old English thegn, c. Old Saxon thegan man, Old High German degan servant, warrior, Old Norse thegn subject; akin to Greek téknon child]
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Yet the apparent newness of The Vale should not belie its links with later Medieval Birmingham, for along with the rest of the parish of Curdworth it once belonged to a powerful Anglo-Saxon thegn called Turchill.
Within this chapter, it is refreshing to see discussion on the definition of thegn within Scandinavian society.
6) It then lays out a plan in which the entire population (eal folc) would contribute to the effort: on the three days before Michaelmas, there is to be fasting, almsgiving, and confession, as well as a barefoot procession with relics in hand; from every hide, a penny is to be rendered; every thegn is to give a tithe of his property and each of his dependents is to contribute a penny; every priest is to sing thirty masses and every deacon and cleric must sing thirty psalms.
Bouncy Castle fun for Year 6 pupils Thegn Edgar, Emma Higginson and Rhys Morgan.
Harold had to seize the throne quickly because not only was there a legitimate, albeit weak, successor to it; but the culture of pre-medieval England was one of fierce independence, and most every Earl and Thegn wanted that same crown placed upon his own head.
Among thegn are: Stephen Bigger and Erica Brown, eds.
Guthlac B" contrasts transient earthly bonds between thegn and lord to the eternal bonds between a saint and God, portraying Guthlac purely as warrior of Christ and omitting almost entirely his career as soldier.
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Situated on Suffolk's southern border, it lies away from other towns and trading ports, but is sited at the centre of a large group of estates in Suffolk and Essex that had been controlled before the Conquest by Aelfric, an important Saxon thegn.
118) it seems unconvincing to me to list the 'noncompounds', that is, the noncompounded second element -bende of the compound lindhaebbende forming lines 245a and similarly -mendra of gudhfremmendra forming line 246a as metrically similar to the -gares of thegn Hrodhgares of lines 235a, with the middle syllable of the name reduced in stress, much as it is unconvincing in Sievers's system that middle syllable (-end-) of the 'noncompound' is equal in stress to that of compounds (including names).
By about 652, when he retired from the secular life of a royal thegn and the profitable warfare with which it was no doubt filled, Biscop is likely to have accumulated sufficient treasure to finance his six subsequent journeys to Gaul and Rome, and the purchase of `countless valuable gifts', notably the books which provided the foundations for Bede's learning.