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The Hunno ( plural : Hunni ), also Honne or Elderman, was an elected leader of a community among the Teutons . He had a double function as the head of a village community and as the leader of a hundred in the event of war. The office of Hunno was not inheritable, but it was widespread custom to choose the son of a Hunno as his successor. As a war leader he was entitled to a large part of the spoils of war and could thus afford to gather a retinue of servants and the bravest of warriors who followed him faithfully to the death.

See also


  • Hansjoachim W. Koch: Illustrated history of war campaigns in the Middle Ages ("Medieval Warfare", 1978). Bechtermünz Verlag, Augsburg 1998, ISBN 3-8289-0321-5 , pp. 12-13, 17-18.