from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay (a captured town) under contribution, in time of war, by threat to burn it, or by actually burning it in part.


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  • For this extensive and important operation, he was to receive 20,000 florins a month from the general exchequer; and in addition he was to be allowed the brandschatz -- the black-mail, that is to say -- of the whole country-side, and the taxation upon all vessels going up and down the river before Rheinberg; an ad valorem duty, in short, upon all river-merchandise, assessed and collected in summary fashion.

    History of the United Netherlands, 1587a


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