- (in the feudal system) a payment exacted by a lord in lieu of military service due to him by the holder of a fee.
Origin of scutage
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On the institution of 'scutage' there has been much misconception.
There are several entries which state that when the scutage is 40s.The English Village Community
Danegeld and scutage and feudal aids fastened only on the land.Principles of Political Economy
Arthur Latham Perry
A new scutage, the "scutage of Bedford," was imposed on the realm.The History of England
It is clear that he consented to levy the scutage, raised on the whole realm, on ecclesiastical as well as secular property.Life of Thomas Becket
Henry Hart Milman
- (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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