Scutage


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SCUTAGE, old Eng. law. The name of a tax or contribution raised for the use of the king's armies by those who held lands by knight's service.

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The Significance of Scutage Rates in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century England, 75 ENG.
Our conjecture is that John's insecurity of rule caused him to violate existing contractual agreements with the nobility, such as the amount and frequency of the scutage, and the nobles demonstrated to him that they had the power to prevent such violations.