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Hastings by Duffield03 Hastings by Duffield03
This is and Anglo-Saxon Huscarl at the Battle of Hastings, 1066.
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B4LD3R Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so this is how the huscarls fought, i never understood why they needed shields when they used two-handed axes
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014
That's not how it works.  They'd be protected by a formation of men with shields and then jump in when the enemy looks exposed.  The two-handed axes could smash apart enemy shields, which would turn the tide of a push. 

Also, they most likely wore shields on their backs and swords or axes at their waist.  The dane axe (two handed axe) was too slow to hold up in a melee.  They'd do a few strikes with it and drop it when it was time to get out of dodge.  But it was a very useful utility weapon.

I suppose if the man was lucky, he would have turned around and hoped the arrows impacted his shield.  Because this is a fictional artwork, sheer luck keeps him protected against arrows while the shield is simply dangling on his back. 

Also, if he were a true-to-life huscarl, he probably would have crouched down where the archers couldn't see him until it was time to strike.  The power of fictional representation makes this guy influence fate through being 'hardcore' though.
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B4LD3R Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for explanation, i'm always thirsty for historic knowledge
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Ship-Helm Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Please go onto our guestbook at www.englandandenglishhistory.com to give permission if you are OK with us using the image.
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Ship-Helm Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Haelsa Duffield,

This is great art. We would like your permission to use this in the premier English History website. www.englandandenglishhistory.com 

We have had over 1 million visitors in 3 years and several artists have allowed us to use their art. Is this OK? 

We will show your name as a credit and link to your website if you have one.

Wae Hael

Ship Helm.
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Ship-Helm Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
And again. Amazing.
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GreatBigThing Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Good work mate
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Epic! great work!
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Photos-by-Alan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
Awesome.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Awesome. dramatic dark, grim edge. :)

You may consider getting pro works for books if ever. X3 if not already. XD
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