Weregild – A Slayer’s Debt to the Kindred of the Slain

Weregild was a monetary value placed on every being and every piece of property owned. If property was stolen or someone was injured or killed, the guilty person would have to pay a restitution to the victim’s family or to the owner of the property.  This was called, weregild. Weregild (also wergild, wergeld, weregeld)  means ‘man price’, ‘man-debt’, or ‘man-money’. The noun ‘were-gild’ is composed of ‘were‘, meaning ‘man’; and ‘gild or geld‘, meaning ‘payment or fee.’  Weregild is an amount of money fixed as compensation for the murder or disablement of a person, computed on…

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Hoard of Viking silver brings English King out of obscurity.

A ‘significant’ treasure trove of 186 Viking coins, ingots and jewelry was uncovered by amateur treasure-hunter James Mather, in a farmer’s field near Watlington, Oxfordshire, in October 2015. The Watlington Hoard, as it is now called, is a collection of silver bands, ingots, and 186 coins that is now unveiled at the British Museum. The find has shed some light on the period of Anglo Saxon history when King Alfred the Great of Wessex defeated the Viking Danes and then went on to banish his one-time ally, King Ceolwulf II of Mercia, from history. The…

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