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Danegeld

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Pronunciation: /ˈdeɪnɡɛld
 
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Definition of Danegeld in English:

noun

[mass noun] historical
1A land tax levied in Anglo-Saxon England during the reign of King Ethelred to raise funds for protection against Danish invaders.
Example sentences
  • This was followed by attempts to buy off the Danes by the payment of immense sums as Danegeld, a course of action suggested by Archbishop Sigeric.
  • The time honoured methods of ransom, Danegeld and baptism of Viking leaders continued to be more successful.
  • The Danegeld was a tax created by English rulers to pay for the defense of their country from Viking raiders.
1.1Taxes collected for national defence by the Norman kings until 1162.
Example sentences
  • On this basis in the early eleventh century English kings faced with Viking attacks called for payments from all land to pay mercenaries - the so-called Danegeld.

Origin

late Old English, from Old Norse Danir 'Danes' + gjald 'payment'.

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