- Protection money. During the *Anarchy of Stephen's reign, rebel lords imposed tenseries on towns: arbitrary impositions to raise money. Failure to pay made the towns' people liable to torture or a speedy death. These are mentioned in the *ASC for the year 1137. Tenseria was the 12c form. [< Lat. tenso = to protect] -Cf. Tenser
Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases. Christopher Coredon with Ann Williams.
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Tenser — Someone who lived in a town but who was not a free man, having to pay for the privilege of remaining there. Cf. Tenseries … Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases