A land tax levied in medieval England, originally to raise funds for protection against Danish invaders.
- 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.
Late Old English, from Old Norse Danir 'Danes' + gjald 'payment'.
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