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Tax Commissions and Public Opinion: Languedoc 1438-1561

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 November 2018

Paul Solon*
Macalester College


In Summer 1550 King Henry II of France commissioned the renewal of a special military tax, the taillon. In his commission, chancery draftsmen asserted that this recently-introduced tax and associated military reforms had been so successful "que de tous costes s'en levent et rendent graces à Dieu." They added that provinces previously complaining of garrisons now clamored for them "pour en avoir le prouffit." Such assertions were patently ridiculous in an era when soldiers were about as welcome as a horde of locusts, yet the royal government did not scruple to offer them.

Copyright © Renaissance Society of America 1990

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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Conference at Banff, Alberta, in April 1987. I would like to thank Professor Ray Mentzer of Montana State University for his helpful suggestions presented there.


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