Definition of DANEGELT, DANEGELD in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.
Definition of DANEGELT, DANEGELD
A tribute originally of 1s. and afterwards of 2s., which came to be imposed upon every hide of land through the realm, levied by the Anglo-Saxons, for maintaining (it is supposed) such a number of forces as were thought sufficient to clear the British seas of Danish pirates, who greatly annoyed their coasts, or to buy off the ravages of Danish invaders. It continued a tax until the time of Stephen, and was one of the rights of the crown. Wharton; Webster, Dict. The Danegeld was levied as a landtax by the Norman kings; it disappears under that name after 1163, but in fact continued under the name of tallage. 3 New English Dict. 26.
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