Danegeld

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Danegeld (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Danegeld In English history, an annual tax first imposed in 991 on the decree of the witan in order to obtain funds for the maintenance of forces to oppose the Danes, or for furnishing tribute to procure peace. It was continued under the Danish kings (1017-42) and later for other purposes. The tax was abolished by Edward the Confessor, revived by William the Conqueror, and increased in 1084 from two shillings for every hide of land to six; it finally disappeared in name in the twelfth century. Also Danegelt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Danegeld dān′geld a tax imposed in the 10th cent., to buy off the Danes or to defend the country against them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. danegeld,. See Dane, and Geld (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. Dene, Danes, geid, a payment.

Usage

In literature:

Instead of Danegeld, thou shalt have from them the edge of the sword, and the point of the spear.
"A Book of Golden Deeds" by Charlotte M. Yonge
A threat of a Viking invasion caused the Conquerer to reinstate the danegeld tax at 6s.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Carucage substituted for Danegeld, 162.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Danegeld was also regarded as fixed revenue, though after the accession of Henry II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
The payment of Danegeld was an old story in English history and the end was not yet.
"Canute the Great" by Laurence Marcellus Larson
Various conjectures have been hazarded, and the unit is undoubtedly older than the Danegeld.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
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