Those were: askebathie and askefise both being terms 'of reproach among northern nations for an unwarlike fellow who stayed at home in the chimney-corner'; housecarl
'a member of the household troops of a Danish king, an armed retainer'; russwale 'walrus hide'; rew 'a burr for a rivet', slenger 'a soldier armed with a sling' and weilster 'a female professional mourner'.
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.
It is a fascinating and brilliantly researched study of one of King Cnut's housecarls
and the settlements established by his followers in the southern counties of England, Dorset in particular.
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.
You can sense it in the wry glances of the druids and housecarls
and fyrdmen, peasants clad in wool blankets and hobbity-looking old women drinking out of wooden hollowware.