Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Value of the head; the fine for committing a murder.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Saxon law. The estimation or valuation of the head; the price or value of a man. By the laws of Athelstan, the life of every man not excepting that of the king himself, was estimated at a certain price, which was called the were or æstimatio capitis. Crabb, Eng. Law, c. 4.