Medieval Glossary

Shield Money

A system of payment for commuting military service because to personally serve every lord was often impossible.

Shield money also often refers to the actual payment made within this system. For example, shield money might be paid by a king's tenants-in-chief after having previously collected it from their vassals. Also sometimes called scutage.

Related term(s): Tenant-in-chief; Lord; Scutage; Feudalism; Feudal Obligation
Category: Feudalism
Added: 12.31.04
Source information: Wise, Terrence. Medieval Warfare. New York: Hastings House Publishers, Inc., 1976. 6.


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