- Lit. 'the full fine'. The Latin equivalent is plena wita. When imposed for an offence, it indicated the maximum fine was being imposed; however, on some occasions it could mean twice the normal fine. This penalty was incurred when there was resistance to paying church dues. This was payable in English districts in the 12c. In the Danelaw the offence was known as Lahslit. -Cf. Wite
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Lahslit — Orig. a breach of the peace. In time, by transference, lahslit came to indicate the penalty for an offence. It was used in the laws of Cnut (1020 3) for offences committed in the *Danelaw. [< OldEngl. lagu = law + slitan = tear] Cf. Fulwite … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases