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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).]


(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]



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]


A tax levied on the Anglo-Saxon population of England to buy off Danish invaders.
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Rudyard Kipling said it all, "and that is called paying the Danegeld.
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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.
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.
As danegeld was a tax with long-established roots and familiar as a land-based tax, re-introducing it in a revised form might have been expected to succeed.
Juries of shires, hundred, and village delivered verdicts on geld liability--an assessment in hides or carucates to all the dues owed by free men--and arrears of Danegeld were collected.
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
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