Thanes


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Thanes

 

(thegns), in Anglo-Saxon England, the military nobility; bodyguards of the king. The thanes obtained landholdings by performing knightly military service. If the land was held for three generations, the thanes gained the right of hereditary knighthood.

In Scotland the title “thane” was applied to hereditary nobility until the 15th century.

REFERENCE

Sokolova, M. N. “Vozniknovenie feodal’nogo zemlevladeniia i klassa feodalov v Anglii VII-X vv.” In the collection Srednie veka, fasc. 12. Moscow, 1958.
References in classic literature ?
Then, when his thanes who watched saw that, fear fell upon them, and they fled.
So when night fell she hastened to the hall, and carried off Hrothgar's best loved thane.
Then was the prudent king, the hoary warrior, sad of mood, when he learned that his princely thane, the dearest to him, no longer lived.