An instalment of *wergeld. In the case of a *thegn this amounted to one tenth of 1,200s and was, according to *LHP, to be paid within 21 days. For lesser folk, the instalments varied from 12s 6d upwards. As well as an instalment payable by a due date, the term was used of that proportion of the man's wergeld which was to be paid to the nearest relatives of the man who had been killed; following which the dead man's *manbot had to be paid. The healsfang was also used in the late 7c Kentish law as the sum a man who had sacrificed to devils should pay. In LHP, the Latin equivalent is given as apprehensio coelli = seizing by the neck. [OldEngl. < heals = neck + fang = taking]

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  • healsfang — see halsfang …   Useful english dictionary

  • healsfang — noun In Anglo Saxon law, a fine or mulct of uncertain character …   Wiktionary

  • healsfang — n ( es/ ) fine prescribed in substitution for capital and other punishments, preferential share of the wergeld …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • healsfang — /heylsfan/ In Saxon law, a sort of pillory, by which the head of the culprit was caught between two boards, as feet are caught in a pair of stocks. It was very early disused, no mention of it occurring in the laws of the Saxon Kings …   Black's law dictionary

  • healsfang — A pillory, a means of punishment for certain offenses, consisting of a wooden bar, through which the head and hands of the culprit protruded, affixed across the top of an upright post …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Halsfang — See Healsfang …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Manbot — The *wergeld payable to the lord of a *villein who had been killed. Some 200s shillings were payable to the man s family, while 30s went to the lord. By way of contrast, a slave was worth only 40d to his family and 20d to his lord. Cf. Healsfang …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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