- Fine paid by a *serf to avoid corporal punishment; this was usually 30d. [< OldEngl. hyd = skin + geld = money] -Cf. Pretium corii
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Pretium corii — Lit. skin price . This was the price required from a slave on his manumission: 30d had to be paid to the lord before witnesses. The *LHP adds that the skin price was a token that [the slave] may be worthy of it for ever . Cf. Hydgeld … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases