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Definition: In Anglo-Saxon England, the Danegeld was a payment made by the English to the Danes to keep them from invading. The payment was raised through a Danegeld tax. Although the Danes had been bought off before, the Danegeld was a special agreement made by Ethelred II; payments began in 991 and continued until 1016.

The term Danegeld was actually used by the Normans to describe the payment, which they also made, off and on, until 1162. The Anglos-Saxon term was gafol, but you'll more commonly find the term Danegeld used in medieval texts.

Also Known As: gafol
Examples:
Ethered the Unready kept his throne under him by regularly paying the Danegeld.

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