Danegeld


Danegeld
In the late 11c and 12c, the term for the pre-Conquest *heregeld, levied 1012-51 to pay the *lithesmen of the king's fleet. After 1066, the term was used of a general tax. 'Danegeld' is also used in modern history for the tribute paid to *Viking armies, esp. those paid by /Ethelred II (the Unready). Huge sums of money were paid: in three payments, /Ethelred handed over something like 94,000 lb of silver. (On one occasion some 20 million silver coins were handed over by Cnut to his army.) In 1155-6 Henry II collected the last Danegeld. -
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  • Danegeld — Dane geld , Danegelt Dane gelt , n. [AS. danegeld. See {Dane}, and {Geld}, n.] (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Danegeld — (littéralement « tribut aux danois »), était le nom donné, à partir du milieu du IXe siècle, au tribut versé par des populations menacées par les vikings afin que ceux ci les épargnent[1]. C est également un impôt qui fut établi en… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Danegeld —   [englisch deɪngeld], eine von den Königen in England bis 1162 erhobene Grundsteuer, deren Höhe zwischen 12 und 72 denarii pro Grundeinheit (Steuerhufe, Carucata) schwankte. Das Danegeld geht zurück auf die seit 991 gelegentlich zum Freikauf von …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Danegeld — (engl.), so v.w. Dänengeld …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • danegeld — ● danegeld nom masculin Impôt institué par les rois anglo saxons au Xe s. pour payer le tribut aux Danois établis en Angleterre …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Danegeld — [dān′geld΄] n. [ME < ON * Danagiald < Dana, gen. pl. of Danr, Dane + gjald, payment, penalty, akin to OE gieldan: see YIELD] an Anglo Saxon tax supposedly first levied to support forces resisting the Danes invading England and later… …   English World dictionary

  • Danegeld — The runestone U 241 in Lingsberg, Uppland, Sweden, was raised by the grandchildren of Ulfríkr circa 1050 in commemoration of his twice receiving danegeld in England. The Danegeld ( …   Wikipedia

  • Danegeld — Münze, wie sie den Wikingern in England als Tribut gezahlt wurde. Penny von Knut dem Großen, geschlagen in London. Danegeld ist die Bezeichnung eines Tributes, der von den Normannen von England und auch Frankreich gefordert wurde. Die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Danegeld — /dayn geld /, n. (in medieval England) an additional tax on land believed to have been levied originally as a tribute to the Danish invaders but later continued for other purposes. Also, danegeld, Danegelt, danegelt /dayn gelt /. [bef. 1150; ME… …   Universalium

  • Danegeld — Dane•geld [[t]ˈdeɪnˌgɛld[/t]] also Dane•gelt [[t] ˌgɛlt[/t]] n. why (sometimes l.c.) (in medieval England) a land tax believed to have been levied orig. as a tribute to the Danish invaders • Etymology: bef. 1150; ME denegeld, danegeld, OE… …   From formal English to slang


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