(in the feudal system) a payment exacted by a lord in lieu of military service due to him by the holder of a fee.
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How to use scutage in a sentence
In the Hundred Rolls for Oxfordshire there is frequent reference to the payment of the tax called scutage.The English Village Community | Frederic Seebohm
A new scutage, the "scutage of Bedford," was imposed on the realm.The History of England | T.F. Tout
Pershore paid on three in the first scutage, protesting that it was only liable to two, and from 1168 it was only rated at two.
Before taking leave of 'the great scutage', another point demands notice.
The true explanation is probably to be found in the fact that only a portion of the tax was raised by way of scutage.
British Dictionary definitions for scutage
(in feudal society) a payment sometimes exacted by a lord from his vassal in lieu of military service
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