|Mass murder. Circa: a really long time ago.|
As is the norm when discussing the history of Anglo-Saxon England, what we see in terms of military exploits is nothing as we would see it today. The idea of professional solders did not exist (though, the Normans would make strides toward forming such units); warriors were, presumably, skilled hunters and generally males within a certain age group. Tribal conflicts were communal affairs and usually revolved around hunting spaces or, in the case of developing social hierarchies, loyalty to specific kings and lords. Conflict around a national identity, obviously, was a thing still far in the future (it would not be until after the conclusion of the Hundred Years War that anything like a national identity would emerge), as was, for the most part, cultural conflict; indeed, it seems that the furthest conflict came in the cultural realm was when it involved the clash between paganism and Christianity as expressed through the friction between competing rulers.