Danegeld
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Danegeld

A bribe or tribute paid by the English to maintain peace. First paid in the reign of Aethelred II and was raised by taxation. Danegeld was paid on a number of occasions - usually in silver. The payment in 991 consisted of 20000 pounds of silver. When Cnut became king of England the tax continued. It was used to maintain his housecarles or elite soldiers. This was known as heregeld and was very unpopular. Buying peace was not unusual. Alfred the Great paid a similar type of tribute to Guthrum the Dane to buy time - which eventually led to the latters defeat.

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