Think of it as Danegeld
or better still, MacDanegeld
But if he was prepared to pay o the invaders with Danegeld
, his people were not so feeble, as was shown by the men of Essex.
And the request for cash from a Danish king brought back all those bad memories of Danegeld
, or, as we might call it, Viking protection money.
Earlier generations of British and American schoolchildren familiar with this bloody epoch of English history, as well as Kipling's poetry, would not have failed to see the Danegeld
lesson in the recent bailouts of the Wall Street pirates.
THE latest idea to pay Taliban leaders to lay down their weapons reminds me of an old Celtic proverb: "Those who pay Danegeld
shall be never free of the Dane for he shall return year upon year to demand it again".
It has been pointed out by Norwegian scholars that, in the time of the great danegeld
payments, the two Norwegian kings, Olafr Tryggvason and Olafr Haraldsson, came from England and used the money acquired there to form friendship-alliances with the local magnates, thus "buying" themselves the kingdom of Norway
We're also being taken for idiots because people like the politically correct saddos who run the Met are handing over OUR money with all the alacrity of Ethelred The Unready paying Danegeld
rather than fighting this nonsense.
Tony Martin won the Duke of Gloucester Memorial Hunters' Chase for the second year running when Ships Decanter, ridden by his friend John Nicholl, beat Danegeld
by 13 lengths.
Sinclair, who clearly loves money, takes us from Danegeld
to the nickel and brass lump we use today, via all the glory years when the British quid dominated the world.
We were made to bail out the 2010 Faenol festival (more danegeld
In some years half the money minted at the English mints (mostly silver pennies) went in Danegeld
Walk that path and we'll be asking the Danes to repay the danegeld
they got from Ethelred the Unready, compensation from the Romans for our hurt feelings in 55BC and handouts to the Irish families whose ancestors died in the Great Famine in the 1850s - come to think of it, though, Blair has already expressed his greasy sorrow over this.