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 (dān′gĕld′) also Dane·gelt (-gĕlt′)
A tax levied in England from the 10th to the 12th century to finance protection against Danish invasion.

[Middle English : Dane, genitive pl. of Dan, Dane; see Dane + geld, tribute (from Old English geld, gield, payment).]
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(ˈdeɪnˌɡɛld) or


(Historical Terms) the tax first levied in the late 9th century in Anglo-Saxon England to provide protection money for or to finance forces to oppose Viking invaders
[C11: from Dan Dane + geld tribute; see yield]
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also Dane•gelt


(sometimes l.c.) (in medieval England) a land tax believed to have been levied orig. as a tribute to the Danish invaders.
[before 1150; Middle English denegeld, danegeld, Old English (Domesday Book) Danegeld. See Dane, geld2]
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A tax levied on the Anglo-Saxon population of England to buy off Danish invaders.
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However, our stupid political class agreed with them as Danegeld and are now paying the price of their own credibility.
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Offering him tea with the Queen at Windsor and a round of golf with dumb Prince "Airmiles" Andy at Turnberry in July is the modern equivalent of handing Danegeld to an invader.
Writer Costantino touches upon the rule of William 1 and his successors rule 1066-1154 including mention of rebellions and Danegeld, The Doomsday Book, and Castles.
Rudyard Kipling said it all, "and that is called paying the Danegeld. But we've proved it again and again, that if once you have paid him the Danegeld, you never get rid of the Dane".
991: Anglo-Saxons pay the first "Danegeld" to the Vikings Huge sums were paid to make the Danes go away but led to conquest in Britain in 1013 and 1016.
We are told that King Edmund receives a demand for Danegeld from invading Viking leaders, Hingwar and Hubba, who "swa swa wulf on land / bestalcode and [??]a leode sloh / weras and wif...
One thing that never works is to pay Danegeld to disloyal members of parliament; give them one bun, and they will come back almost immediately for another.
In 1041 the residents of Worcester objected to Danegeld being raised by Viking king Harthacnut and killed two tax collectors.
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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.