- Medieval History. a tax paid by peasants to the lord of their manor.
- a compulsory tax levied by the Norman and early Angevin kings of England upon the demesne lands of the crown and upon all royal towns.
Origin of tallage
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Tallage was first imposed on the colony in the first year of this reign, but yielded little, and tithes were not much better paid.
In the latter instance the king also gave leave to the lay and spiritual nobility to set a tallage on their own tenants.
A tallage on royal towns and demesnes, nevertheless, was set without authority of parliament four years afterwards.
Now and then it is mentioned that the tallage is to be levied once a year, although the amount remains uncertain.
Tallage, even arbitrary tallage, was but a tax after all, and did not detract from personal freedom or free tenure in this sense.
- a tax levied by the Norman and early Angevin kings on their Crown lands and royal towns
- a toll levied by a lord upon his tenants or by a feudal lord upon his vassals
- (tr) to levy a tax (upon); impose a tax (upon)
C13: from Old French taillage, from taillier to cut; see tailor