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The concept of comitatus is important for understanding the actions and attitudes of a thane and his relationship to his lord A band of thanes pledged themselves to a feudal lord who was known for his bravery and generosity They swore to defend him to their death and they considered it shameful to leave the battlefield if their chief was slain According to their loyal code if their leader was killed his life must be avenged He was their lord and they were his loyal proud retainers They were known for their courage bravery recklessness and foremost for their loyalty In return the lord provided them with protection and shared his weapons and wealth with them The Battle of Maldon is a glorification of the ideas of comitatus This pure heroic poem exemplifies the glory of heroism that is undimmed by the defeat The real subject of this poem is not the battle but the deeds and deaths of heroes In many ways these Anglo Saxon ideas can even be seen in general American society today Citizens in todays society relate to their leaders in similar ways as thanes related to their lords this contemporary use of comitatus can be seen in present day sports teams religious orders country defenses and fraternities The American society however does not portray the ideas of comitatus when it comes to their political leaders and government High level of competitiveness in present day sports demands good leadership and comitatus from team members for success Team leaders are like the lord represented in The Battle of Maldon because they encourage their teammates to be intent on succeeding in their battles against the opponents Byrhtnoth the leader of the English army encouraged his thanes urging every young man to be intent on fighting if he wished to win fame at the Danes expense 112 Comitatus is shown by the teammates who do not give up during the battle and fight until
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