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

    Knight-service; money paid by the tenant in lieu thereof.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Service of the shield. One of the varieties of tenure in knight's service, the duty imposed being that of accompanying the king to the wars for forty days, at the tenant's own charge, or sending a substitute. In later times, this servico was commuted for a certain payment in money, which was then called "escuage certain." See 2 Bl. Comm. 74, 75.