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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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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hardcore viking!
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virtuoso-pianist-3 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
I am, likewise, a sympathizer of the good Anglo-Saxons. It is interesting to note that at the battle of Dyrrachium in 1081, between the invading Siculo-Normans of Robert Guiscard and the defending Romans under Alexios I, the Varangian Guard of the Roman Emperor was composed mostly of Anglo-Saxon exiles. They fought with such a vengeance against the Normans that they succeeded in throwing them back into the Adriatic Sea; alas, the Guiscard's wife, Sichelgaita, lead a courageous charge which broke the attack of the Varangian Guard.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
But on the other side, British-UK nationalism had spined a lot on them, exagerated the so called 'Norman Yoke' and glorified their supposed call of liberty-individualism etc etc...
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014
Wait, britain was a unified nation in 1081?  Did they have a national army?
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Later on historiography, the looking-back-at-past, etc.. Nationalist view. That kind of things.

Like the 'Tatar yoke' for Russian historiography, maybe.
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2014
You can't look at the past without looking at the way things actually were back then and how incredibly different they were from now.  Generalizing isn't a good way to teach history.  Nationalism only got started in the 1800s.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Oh yes, that I know. But history is analysed differently by peoples, according to faith, ideology, nationality, etc, etc. And so...

Oh, Nationalism big N as an ideology is maybe recent, but the idea, the roots of it, they are old... even the ancient Greeks had a - vague, 'pantheistic' idea of Being Greek, by example... and so, chauvinism ain't new. That idea of the Normand Yoke was I believe quite popular from Reformation-Lumières on..

And so, I was reflecting on peoples more or less teaching, analysing history and not MY view.
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MadKnifeParty Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
looks good, and historically accurate as far as I can tell - well done
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BoywithHat Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Student
Great...only great...
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UnclePutte Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Yup, that's how I'd imagine a huscarl to look. Could pass for just an average working chap you bumped into in the pub, until he puts on his fight face.

Excellent picture. Delivers the message concisely, assuming "yer gonna get axed" is the intended message. :b0x0rz:
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Average chaps wore chainmail back then.  Didn't matter that it was expensive, it was a utopia!  Chainmail for everyone.
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Duffield03 Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Spot on! Thank you!
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BrokenMachine86 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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HistoryKnightLS Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
Gotta' LOVE the conical-helmet-with-the-nosestrip, and as a whole, I think it looks very stunning.
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veronus Featured By Owner May 23, 2008
nice!!!
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Thinkerman Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008
good work, man, good battle!(I sympathize the anglo-saxons too)
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Duffield03 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Thanks. I'm glad I'm not the only one!
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RedGlare Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
Hastings poor Hastings if only the monocle was invented in your day.

You have to feel bad for the ol King. He has to fight of a Viking invasion then slog it back down South to fend off the Normans.

You have a real talent there. The splintering of arrows and the chipped shield a realistic piece.
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Duffield03 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
Thank you. Yeah, I guess life was a bitch back then too, huh?
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cheeseforthesoul Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2007
hell yeah
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Duffield03 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Thanks!
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nigellus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Student
This rocks, If I remember my history right, these guys fought alongside harold on the Senlac, Right?
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Duffield03 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
That's right dude!! I see you like 7 Samurai, my favorite is kikuchiyo, check out No Dachi in my gallery.
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EccoGuard Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
do something with the turks....
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Duffield03 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
Good Idea! Maybe a Vlad Tepis vs Turks deal eh?
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
Lol, "Do something with the turks!"

"How about turks being brutally impaled?"

"Yeah, that's what I meant."
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EccoGuard Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
wanna collab on it?
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EccoGuard Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
cool.... i was thinking maybe some janissaries... theyre cool.

but do what ever you want. When it comes to history, the Romans, Greeks, Turks, and Mongolians are my favorites. Rome is by far the coolest ancient civilization.
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Duffield03 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
ooooohhhhhhh...now I'm thinking Mongols or maybe Huns....hmmm....
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EccoGuard Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
go with the mongols... Do a couple of nice cavalry archers and whatnot.
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jotun666 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
Nice work! Can you create something about vikings?
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Duffield03 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
Yep!! Check out Chosen in my gallery, more Scandinavian tradition than historical illustration, but I'm working on more!
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007  Hobbyist
omg!! sir! may I say that pic is sooo cool and I could just stare at it for hours! A must fave for me!
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Duffield03 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007
Thanks alot!!! Please, fell free to stare! Thanks again!
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2007  Hobbyist
YAY
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