Medieval Glossary

Thane

A later Anglo-Saxon term for a great noble or aristocrat. Earlier, the term gesith was used for this type of person.

Related term(s): Noble; Aristocrat; Gesith; Thegn
Category: Society
Added: 11.06.04
Source information: Contamine, Phillippe. War in the Middle Ages. trans. Michael Jones. Oxford: Basil Blackwell Ltd, 1984. 51.

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