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T. R. ix (1904), 670-95. Cf. N. Neilson, Customary Rents (Oxford Studies, ii, 1910), pp. ; and Wilson, op. , i. 313 n. 2. 2 Maitland, `Northumbrian Tenures', p. 629. ; Vinogradoff, Engl. , p. 65. E. ii. 572. 5Engl. , p. 66. R. xxxv (1920), 191. ooks/Hollister. 1 The obligations normally incumbent upon these tenures are not primarily military, but fiscal and agricultural. 6 Thus, whoever was obliged to pay the normal geld was obliged also to serve on frontier military campaigns. But whatever the origin of the cornage payment may have been, it was usually only one of several duties which the cornage tenant normally performed.
B. i. 64b. See above, p. 23, and below, p. 76. 2 Above, p. 28. , Paris, 1946), i. D. 808, 829, and 864; Capitularia Regum Francorum, ed. , Hanover, 1883-97), i. 137; ii. 7, 321. ooks/Hollister. 2009 22:46:11 page_43 < previous page page_43 next page > Page 43 the army and was given financial support by an adjacent holder of a single manse. If two neighbouring tenants each held two manses, one served in the army and the other contributed money toward his support. Tenants holding single manses formed into groups of four, one serving in the army and the other three aiding him.
It is by no means easy to distinguish between the great fyrd and the select fyrd in the numerous military campaigns mentioned in the narrative sources. It is, in fact, one of the great misfortunes in a study such as this that medieval chroniclers and historians seldom explain the composition of armies. Not infrequently the language of the narrator implies that a particular kind of military force is being used, but there usually remains a degree of uncertainty. D. 916, for example, when the Danes from Northampton and Leicester broke the peace, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reports that the people of the country (land leode) routed them.