Definitions for danegeldˈdeɪnˌgɛld; -ˌgɛlt
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A tax raised originally to protect against Viking raiders in the 10th and 11th centuries, and later continued as a land tax.
Origin: Apparently from * (Old Danish Danegjeld), from the genitive plural Danir + gjald.
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The Danegeld was a tax raised to pay tribute to the Viking raiders to save a land from being ravaged. It was called the geld or gafol in eleventh-century sources; the term Danegeld did not appear until the early twelfth century. It was characteristic of royal policy in both England and Francia during the ninth through eleventh centuries, collected both as tributary, to buy off the attackers, and as stipendiary, to pay the defensive forces.
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