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Fyrd nA fyrd (Old English pronunciation: [ˈfyrd]) was a type of early Anglo-Saxon army that was mobilized from freemen to defend their shire, or from selected representatives to join a royal expedition. Service in the fyrd was usually of short duration and participants were expected to provide their own arms and provisions. The composition of the fyrd evolved over the years, particularly as a reaction to raids and invasions by the Vikings.
Fyrdcraft n.The art of warefare. 2. an expedition by an army.

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