Gesiths

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Gesiths

 

bodyguards in England during the early Middle Ages. The gesiths were originally men who closely surrounded the leaders from the tribes of Angles, Saxons, and Jutes who had conquered Britain in the fifth and sixth centuries. After the creation of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms the gesiths became a military aristocracy, partly absorbing and partly replacing the old tribal nobility.

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