from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Payment to a lord in lieu of military service.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Service of the shield, a species of knight service by which a tenant was bound to follow his lord to war, at his own charge. It was afterward exchanged for a pecuniary satisfaction. Called also scutage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In later feudal law, a commutation paid by feudal tenants in lieu of military service; scutage.
Other taxes were raised from escuage, fees for knights service, and by other means arising out of the feudal system.
Amid the obligations was that of escuage, by which the price of a knight's fee should be paid every year.
There are thirty years 'claims of escuage unsettled, and there is Sergeant Wilkins, the lawyer of Guildford, whom I will warrant to draw up such arrears of dues and rents and issues of hidage and fodder-corn that these folk, who are as beggarly as they are proud, will have to sell the roof-tree over them ere they can meet them.
"Deacon the bailiff with his two varlets went down to the Hall yesternight on the matter of the escuage, and came screaming back with this young hothead raging at their heels.