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Danegeld: the land tax In England, 991-1162

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This thesis examines the genesis and development of the English land tax, commonly known as geld or Danegeld, from 991 until 1162. The thesis begins with an analysis of tribute money (gafol) paid by King Æthelred to Viking invaders, and the evolution of that tax into heregeld, an annual tax paid to maintain a standing Scandinavian fleet. It examines the feasibility of paying large tributes, given the size of the English economy and availability of silver coin. Th...

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DPhil
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University of Oxford

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