|They were fully
trained, strong, professional warriors
Armed with a shield and a battle-axe.
They could join together and use their shields to form a shield wall.
The shield wall did not just stand still. For the Housecarls to use their battle-axe, they would have to move apart slightly. This gave them space to swing the axe at the enemy. Parts of the shield wall would move forward together to attack.
|The Housecarls were probably the best warriors in Europe. Unlike William's forces, the Housecarls were loyal to Harold whatever happened - money didn't matter to them!|