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During feudal times Aids was a type of tax or due paid by a vassal to his lord. The amount of the Aids varied with the time and place, although in England the aids specified in the MAGNA CARTA (1215 a.d.) were paid only when the lord's eldest son was knighted or his eldest daughter married. Aids were also paid to ransom the lord from captivity. Aids were similar to SCUTAGE and TALLAGE. In France, aids continued as a royal tax until the French Revolution (1789).

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