This blog, written by Thomas E. Rutledge, focuses primarily on business entity law in Kentucky. Postings on contract law, contractual and statutory construction, and the entity law of other jurisdictions appear as well. There may as well be some random discussions of classical, medieval and renaissance history.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Battle of Dyrrhechium – Don’t I Know You From Somewhere?
Battle of Dyrrhechium – Don’t I Know You From Somewhere?
While the story of the Battle of Hastings (October 14) usually continues
with a discussion of the Norman-French political and to a certain extent
cultural conquest of England, it is interesting to consider the fate of certain
of the losers.
The core of Harold’s army was a corps of household troops named the
housecarls.They fought with the
Norwegian battle ax, often with a shaft of four feet in length.While it is true that in the Middle Ages it
would not be surprising for a person to be born, live and die within a few
miles of the same spot, all too often it is assumed that such limited travel
was typical.Likely it was not.
After Hastings, some of Harold’s housecarls traveled to Byzantium and
there joined the Byzantine Emperor’s Varangian Guard.According to some sources, some of those
housecarls, now as members of the Varangian Guard, fought at the Battle of
Dyrrhachium on October 18, 1081, a battle which took place in modern day
Albania.Who were they opposing but
Norman invaders?According to those same
sources, certain of the troops who had fought as mercenaries for William (now
the Conqueror) in England in 1066 now faced off against the now Varangian former housecarls of Harold.
Normans versus Saxons, this time in Albania.Not everyone stayed close to home.