Cnihtena gild

Lit. 'guild of knights'. The OldEngl. word cniht = a youth or young retainer, including military retainers. In the reigns of both William II and Henry I the privileges of the London cnihtena gild were confirmed; however, this was an association of the most prominent burgesses. There were other such associations of the same name in Winchester and Canterbury, the latter being referred to in a charter during King Aethelberht's reign.

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