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  1. (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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Origin of scutage

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English word from Medieval Latin word scūtāgium. See scutum, -age
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Historical Examples of scutage

  • On the institution of 'scutage' there has been much misconception.

    Feudal England -- Historical Studies On The Eleventh And Twelfth Centuries

    J.H. Round

  • There are several entries which state that when the scutage is 40s.

  • Danegeld and scutage and feudal aids fastened only on the land.

  • A new scutage, the "scutage of Bedford," was imposed on the realm.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for scutage


  1. (in feudal society) a payment sometimes exacted by a lord from his vassal in lieu of military service
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Word Origin for scutage

C15: from Medieval Latin scūtāgium, literally: shield dues, from Latin scūtum a shield
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