Scutage

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scutage (Eng. Hist) Shield money; commutation of service for a sum of money. See Escuage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scutage In feudal law:
    • n scutage A tax on a knight's fee or scutum: same as escuage.
    • n scutage A commutation for personal service.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scutage skū′tāj a tax, instead of personal service, which a vassal or tenant owed to his lord, sometimes levied by the crown in feudal times
    • Scutage Also Es′cuage
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. scutagium, from L. scutum, a shield

Usage

In literature:

A new scutage, the "scutage of Bedford," was imposed on the realm.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
The "Great Scutage" did much to disarm the baronage, while it enabled the king to hire foreign mercenaries for his service abroad.
"History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Hubert Walter's power was so hampered he could do little beyond scutages, but in December, 1197, he called together a Council at Oxford.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
For the first and only time in his life he brought to England the mercenaries who were paid with the scutage money.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
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