An English thane.
- That is not to say that the English thegn was any less formidable than the Norman knight, as Hastings was to show.
- Thousands of English thegns, between the mid-ninth and the mid-eleventh centuries, came into possession of their own small estates.
- It was not a time of men challenging each other in heroic duels (was there ever a time like this?), but a time for the thegns to organise repairs to bridges and roads.
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