lamus-dworski: “ Polish warrior (woj) of Bolesław Chrobry; timeline: turn of the centuries. Drawing by Jarosław Gryguć.
Saxon Hearthguards. This time these are Heimþegar - the Danish retainers, a development of the Hird concept from Scandinavia. These men were highly professional soldiers, many of whom had earned land through their dedicated service, who in times of peace would act as bodyguards to their lord and perform trusted tasks such as collecting taxes. In time of war - with their fearsome Dane axes, capable of severing a horse's head with one blow - would form the elite of the Anglo-Danish warband.