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A tax paid in lieu of military service in feudal times.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin scūtāgium, from Latin scūtum, shield; see scutum.]
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(Historical Terms) (in feudal society) a payment sometimes exacted by a lord from his vassal in lieu of military service
[C15: from Medieval Latin scūtāgium, literally: shield dues, from Latin scūtum a shield]
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(ˈskyu tɪdʒ)

a payment exacted by a feudal lord from his vassal in place of military service.
[1425–75; < Medieval Latin scūtāgium]
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(in the feudal system) a payment, made to a lord in lieu of military service, by the holder of a property in fee.
See also: Dues and Payment
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But the seeds are there, both in the making of Magna Carta and in its 12th chapter: "No scutage or aid [two kinds of taxes] shall be imposed in our kingdom, unless by the general council of our kingdom." John himself complained to the pope that his assent had been coerced, but with the reissues by his heirs, that point became moot.
Many are very specific to the Middle Ages - dealing with property ownership, the workings of the justice system, and taxes with no modern equivalent ("scutage" and "socage" anyone?)
Part 2 examines the consequences of the alienation of secular fiefs to monastic houses from a legal and economic perspective, that is, property-owning services such as scutage or military service.
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By agreeing that "[n]o scutage nor aid shall be imposed on our kingdom, unless by common counsel of our kingdom," (61) King John limited the Crown's power to raise revenue and injected the "common counsel" (that is, Parliament) into the process of financing government.
From the historical summary page, users can also discover the meanings of "carucate," "danegeld," "scutage," and "tallage," as well as visit the Tax History Project via the provided external link.