Meetings for History of Tax Group

Next meeting:

15  October 2018 (Monday) Professor Caroline Barron will be speaking on Taxation in the Medieval City of London.

Biographical details: 

Professor Caroline Barron is an Emeritus Professor of the History of London at Royal Holloway, University of London and the President of the British Association for Local History.

Her research interests lie in the area of late medieval British history, particularly the history of the City of London, the reign of Richard II and the history of women. She has written on Richard II for the New Cambridge Medieval History and on London for the Cambridge Urban History of Britain. Her book London in the Later Middle Ages: Government and People 1200-1500 was published by the Oxford University Press in 2004. She is also interested in urban literacy and in the ways in which the 'small people' of London expressed their concerns and priorities.

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Outline: Taxation in the Medieval City of London 

In the medieval period (c.1066-1500) the City of London was taxed by the Crown along with the rest of the country. Gradually the national system of taxation evolved from obligatory feudal exactions to voluntary grants agreed by Parliament. London always claimed special conditions and exceptions in paying national taxes, and evolved its own systems for raising money in the City in response to demands from the Crown. The citizens also developed ways in which to raise money for communal enterprises (such as the City's piped water supply or the new Guildhall built in the early fifteenth century) to improve civic amenities. Money was almost always raised via the Wards In short, this talk will consider how, in the medieval period, the wealth of London was tapped for the common good whether national or local.