Anglo Saxon Military Institutions On The Eve of the Norman by C Warren Hollister

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4s. from each of five hides) from his own subordinates or, perhaps, from his own income. On the other hand, he might possess no land at all, in which case he would collect his 20s. from the men of the five-hide unit who did hold land. Finally, he might be a small landholder within a five-hide unit, supplying part of the 20s. sum from his own income and receiving the remainder from his fellow landholders within the unit. Thus, if he held two hides, he would be responsible personally for 8s. of his pay, and would collect an additional 12s.

Their similarity to the great-fyrd obligation lies solely in their local, defensive character. In so far as they are tenurial obligations they are alien to the spirit of the great fyrd. But these fixed, tenurial obligations are overshadowed by another sort of border service which was particularly common along the Scottish frontier and which harmonizes much more satisfactorily with the Anglo-Saxon great-fyrd obligation. Throughout much of Northumbria, border service seems to have been required of all men holding their lands by particular kinds of tenure.

C. refer to districts of 310 hides rather than 300. See below, pp. 108 ff. 2Chron. Ab. ii. 38, 113; Fl. Wig. ii. 40; H. , p. 237; Liebermann, Gesetze, i. K. Mitchell, Taxation in Medieval England (New Haven, 1951), pp. 164-5. R. xvii (1902), 282. ' Ibid. W. Eyton, A Key to Domesday, Dorset (London, 1878), p 14. , pp. 62-63, and Vinogradoff, Engl. , pp. 150-1. B. i. 100. ooks/Hollister. 2009 22:46:10 page_42 < previous page page_42 next page > Page 42 five-hide unit owed one man to the fyrd, we are certainly left to infer it.

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