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Danelaw

[deyn-law] /ˈdeɪnˌlɔ/
noun
1.
the body of laws in force in the northeast of England where the Danes settled in the 9th century a.d.
2.
the part of England under this law.
Also, Danelage
[deyn-lah-guh, dah-nuh-lah-guh] /ˈdeɪnˌlɑ gə, ˌdɑ nəˈlɑ gə/ (Show IPA),
Danelagh
[deyn-law] /ˈdeɪnˌlɔ/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of Danelaw
1050
before 1050; Middle English Dane-lawe, earlier Dene-lawe, Old English Dena lagu. See Dane, law1
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  • The office was not new in England; for more than a century it had flourished in the Danelaw.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • After the treaty of Wedmore the district became part of the Danelaw.

  • Barty felt that he had seen a great deal in the world since he left the farm in the Danelaw.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
  • Little by little the Danelaw was yielding to the common law of England, but that did not worry an Appleby.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
  • Two generations later they had destroyed three of the four English kingdoms and were organising the Danelaw on their ruins.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • The Northmen in the Danelaw were being forced into political relations with the Saxon kings.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • The area varied at different periods; but the earlier Danelaw seems to have comprised fifteen shires.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • Sweyn had evidently counted on a friendly reception in the Scandinavian settlements of the Danelaw, and he was not disappointed.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • Edmund's act was that of a rebel; but in the Danelaw it was probably regarded in large part as proper vengeance.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • Some time during the first half of the year, a gemot was summoned to meet at Oxford, near the border of the Danelaw.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
British Dictionary definitions for Danelaw

Danelaw

/ˈdeɪnˌlɔː/
noun
1.
the northern, central and eastern parts of Anglo-Saxon England in which Danish law and custom were observed
Word Origin
Old English Dena lagu Danes' law; term revived in the 19th century
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