What is WEREGILD, or WERGILD?

This was the price of homicide, or other atrocious personaloffense, paid partly to the king for the loss of a subject, partly to the lord for theloss of a vassal, and partly to the next of kin of tlie injured person. Iu the Anglo- Saxonlaws, the amount of compensation varied with the degree or rank of the party slain.Brown.

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