This tax was called the scutage, and amounted to three pounds English, or forty Angevin shillings, for each knight's fee.
On the institution of 'scutage' there has been much misconception.
Barons and knights paid according to their knight's fee a scutage ranging from 10s.
There are several entries which state that when the scutage is 40s.
scutage or service of the shield, was another compensation in money, instead of personal service against the Scots.
Danegeld and scutage and feudal aids fastened only on the land.
For the first and only time in his life he brought to England the mercenaries who were paid with the scutage money.
A new scutage, the "scutage of Bedford," was imposed on the realm.
The introduction of scutage is attributed to him, and he certainly had a large share in the acquisition of Brittany.
The owner of every knight's fee was to pay a sum of money known as scutage (shield-money) in lieu of service.