Sentence Examples

  • In addition to the thegns there were others who were thegns on account of their birth, and thus thegnhood was partly inherited and partly acquired.
  • There arose a class of king's thegns, corresponding to the earlier thegns, and a larger class of inferior thegns, some of them the thegns of bishops or of other thegns.
  • After the Norman Conquest the thegns appear to have been merged in the class of knights.
  • The twelve senior thegns of the hundred play a part, the nature of which is rather doubtful, in the development of the English system of justice.
  • In this way the later nobility of the thegns was in England substituted for the older nobility of the eorls.

How would you define thegns? Add your definition here.

comments powered by Disqus

Also Mentioned In