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fyrd

[furd] /fɜrd/
noun
1.
the militia in Anglo-Saxon England.
2.
the duty to serve in this militia.
Origin of fyrd
< Old English fyrd, fierd, akin to faran to go, fare
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  • Nevertheless, the main defence of the country rested with the "fyrd."

    Freedom In Service Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
  • Harold got together a large fleet to guard the Channel, and called out the fyrd of the southern counties to defend the coast.

    Battles of English History

    H. B. (Hereford Brooke) George
  • The English army at Hastings consisted of the fyrd and the corps of huscarles.

  • By the laws of King Ine161 the gesithcundmen were fined and forfeited their land if they neglected their 'fyrd:'

  • If a gesithcund man owning land neglect the fyrd, let him pay cxx.

  • The king could call men directly to the fyrd, summon them to his court, and tax them without intervention of their lords.

  • All autumn the West Saxon fyrd waited for the enemy, but in the end "it came to naught more than it had oft erst done."

    Early Britain Grant Allen
  • He called out the fyrd, the militia, of all or some of the shires under his obedience.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
  • There rode the king with his fyrd till he reached Badbury against Winburne.

    Early Britain Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for fyrd

fyrd

/fɪəd; faɪəd/
noun
1.
(history) the local militia of an Anglo-Saxon shire, in which all freemen had to serve
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