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[deyn-law] /ˈdeɪnˌlɔ/
the body of laws in force in the northeast of England where the Danes settled in the 9th century a.d.
the part of England under this law.
Also, Danelage
[deyn-lah-guh, dah-nuh-lah-guh] /ˈdeɪnˌlɑ gə, ˌdɑ nəˈlɑ gə/ (Show IPA),
[deyn-law] /ˈdeɪnˌlɔ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Danelaw
before 1050; Middle English Dane-lawe, earlier Dene-lawe, Old English Dena lagu. See Dane, law1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His rebellious behaviour in the Danelaw, his raid into English Mercia, give little promise of future statesmanship.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • Barty felt that he had seen a great deal in the world since he left the farm in the Danelaw.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
  • Elgiva had her strength in the Danelaw; there were her kinsmen, and there her family had once been prominent.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • After the treaty of Wedmore the district became part of the Danelaw.

  • Was then the Danelaw the district within which the systems prevailed?

  • Little by little the Danelaw was yielding to the common law of England, but that did not worry an Appleby.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
  • But also we have hardly a single land-book of early date which deals with any part of the territory that became the Danelaw.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • Sweyn had evidently counted on a friendly reception in the Scandinavian settlements of the Danelaw, and he was not disappointed.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • The Northmen in the Danelaw were being forced into political relations with the Saxon kings.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • Some time during the first half of the year, a gemot was summoned to meet at Oxford, near the border of the Danelaw.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
British Dictionary definitions for Danelaw


the northern, central and eastern parts of Anglo-Saxon England in which Danish law and custom were observed
Word Origin
Old English Dena lagu Danes' law; term revived in the 19th century
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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