Definitions for housecarlˈhaʊsˌkɑrl

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  1. housecarl(Noun)

    A member of the Scandinavian royal household troops.

  2. Origin: Old Norse huskarl

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  1. Housecarl(noun)

    a household servant; also, one of the bodyguard of King Canute

  2. Origin: [OE. huscarle. See House, and Carl.]

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  1. Housecarl

    In medieval Scandinavia, housecarls were either non-servile manservants, or household troops in personal service of someone, equivalent to a bodyguard to Scandinavian lords and kings. This institution also existed in Anglo-Saxon England after its conquest by the kingdom of Denmark in the 11th century. In England, the royal housecarls had a number of roles, both military and administrative; they are well known for having fought under Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings. The original Old Norse term, húskarl, literally means "house man"; see also the Anglo-Saxon term churl or ceorl, whose root is the same as the Old Norse karl, and which also means "a man, a non-servile peasant".

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