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Old 11-16-2011, 04:44 AM
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Originally Posted by flo View Post
Even after I googled it I couldn't understand it.

I think he loves making us look this stuff up! The definition for wergeld (below) goes to the example in Neezy's post of how much money the two women would be compensated for their loss. Their "rank" or "status" would determine the amount/value of their compensation.

wer·geld (wūrgld) also wer·gild or were·gild (-gld)
n. - In Anglo-Saxon and Germanic law, a price set upon a person's life on the basis of rank and paid as compensation by the family of a slayer to the kindred or lord of a slain person to free the culprit of further punishment or obligation and to prevent a blood feud.
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