Medieval History Term of the Week: Danelaw

Danelaw
[deyn-law]
Origin: bef. 1050; ME Dane-lawe, earlier Dene-lawe, OE Dena lagu. 

Area acknowledged by the West Saxon kings as under Danish law in the tenth century, owing to the heavy Danish settlement there; hence East Anglia, the East Midlands, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.
   (Wood, Michael. Domesday: A Search for the Roots of England, 213)

*term definition retrieved from Netserf’s Medieval Glossary (http://www.netserf.org/Glossary)

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