Danegelt
Danegeld Dane"geld`, Danegelt Dane"gelt`, n. [AS. danegeld. See {Dane}, and {Geld}, n.] (Eng. Hist.) An annual tax formerly laid on the English nation to buy off the ravages of Danish invaders, or to maintain forces to oppose them. It afterward became a permanent tax, raised by an assessment, at first of one shilling, afterward of two shillings, upon every hide of land throughout the realm. --Wharton's Law Dict. Tomlins. [1913 Webster]

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  • DANEGELT —    originally a tax imposed on land to buy off the Danes from the shores of England, and subsequently for other objects, such as the defence of the coast; abolished by Henry II., though re imposed subsequently under other names …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • danegelt — dane·gelt …   English syllables

  • danegelt — Dane gold,–an ancient annual tax levied in England to provide funds for warfare with the Danes …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • danegelt — noun see danegeld …   Useful english dictionary

  • Danegeld or Danegelt — The money paid by Anglo Saxon Britain to persuade the Danes to not invade the South and West. Now means money extorted by threats …   Medieval glossary

  • Danegeld — /dayn geld /, n. (in medieval England) an additional tax on land believed to have been levied originally as a tribute to the Danish invaders but later continued for other purposes. Also, danegeld, Danegelt, danegelt /dayn gelt /. [bef. 1150; ME… …   Universalium

  • Feudalism — • The source of feudalism rises from an intermingling of barbarian usage and Roman law Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Feudalism     Feudalism      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Danegeld — Dane geld , Danegelt Dane gelt , n. [AS. danegeld. See {Dane}, and {Geld}, n.] (Eng. Hist.) An annual tax formerly laid on the English nation to buy off the ravages of Danish invaders, or to maintain forces to oppose them. It afterward became a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Geld — Geld, n. [AS. gild, gield, geld, tribute, payment, fr. gieldan to pay, render. See {Yield}.] Money; tribute; compensation; ransom.[Obs.] [1913 Webster] Note: This word occurs in old law books in composition, as in danegeld, or danegelt, a tax… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • England [2] — England (Gesch.). I. Älteste Zeit bis zur Ankunft der Römer 55 v. Chr. Die ältesten Nachrichten über die Bewohner E s stammen von Pytheas (320–330 v. Chr.) her, dessen Landsleute, die Massilier, auf dem Landwege eine Handelsverbindung mit Ictis… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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