The Pendor Swordsmen are Pendor's primary foot soldiers. These troops, while often equipped with bastard swords and shields, they are just as likely to come only with their great swords. They have medium armor and thus, they can withstand much more then their junior counterparts the Pendor Footman, but those of their number who don't bring a shield to the battle are easy pickings for enemy ranged projectiles.
The Pendor Swordsman is able to defend himself against archers quite well using his shield, if he has one, however they are still quite vulnerable from enemy cavalry charges, so always keep them defended with pikemen or cavalry of your own. If that is not an option, try to get them packed tightly so they bog down the horsemen as they try to plow through them. Their personal endurance isn't particularly high either, so make sure that they are well supported by other units before sending these troops into the fray.
They can be upgraded into Pendor Cavalry, which can be used as either light cavalry or medium cavalry, depending on how you use them. Eventually they can become your Griffon Retainers, if you choose to revive the Order of the Griffon. They can also be upgraded into Pendor Men-at-Arms.