Thursday, July 21, 2011

#561 geld

geld- to castrate a horse or other animal; to deprive of virility or vitality; emasculate; weaken

C13 from Old Norse gelda, from geldr barren

- a tax on land levied in late Anglo-Saxon and Norman England

Old English gield service, tax; related to Old Norse gjald tribute, Old High German geltl retribution, income

Nevertheless, they stood in some degree of subjection to the lord, since the geld due to the State was paid through the lord as responsible to the sheriff for all who held land within the manor.

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