The original Hinton hunt catalogue states:
We have recently celebrated the 900th Anniversary of one of the greatest events in English history - the Norman Conquest of 1066 - and Hinton Hunt Figures have commemorated this with a comprehensive range of English and Normans.
Both armies can be divided into two distinct groups. The Normans consisted of armoured and mounted knights and men-at-arms who were the elite of the Norman force, the remainder were archers on foot and mainly unarmoured.
The English elite were the Royal Bodyguard who wore armour like the Normans but, in common with all English troops, fought on foot only. Then there was the Fyrd or Militia who in the main were unarmoured and were less skilful and disciplined than the magnificent Houscarls.