A system of payment for commuting military service because to personally serve every lord was often impossible.
Scutage also often refers to the actual payment made within this system. For example, scutage might be paid by a king's tenants-in-chief after having previously collected it from their vassals. Also sometimes called shield money.
Related term(s): Tenant-in-chief; Lord; Shield Money; Feudalism; Feudal Obligation
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 6.
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