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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.2
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Thofe • fervants who did not gain more than ike exaâ fum of one hundred fols a-year, or under, were to pay nothing ; hut, if they had any e qui va- ^ lent fortune, they were to pay according to the rat* of the others. Node of the mendicant monks, nor thofe in eloifters without office or adminiftration, nor chil-dren under the age of fifteen, without any property, were topdy to this fubfidy. • • . Nuns were alfo exempted, who had hot any in-come exceeding ten livres.1 Wives paid nothing, becaufe their hulbands were taxed, and their for-tunés would be reckoned as part of their hulbaacb. With regard to the clergy, whether they were prelates, abbots, priors, canons, curates, or others who poffeffed upwards of one hundred livres a-year, -by benefices, or inheritance from the holy church, or by both, and extending to five thou&nd livres a-year, they were to pay four livres for the firlî . hundred livres, and forty fols for every Other hum- ' dred of the five thoufand. No farther aid was tt be required from any * fum above five thoufand livres. The revenues of the benefices were to be eftimated by the tax of the tenth penny, and no one w.m to be allowed to claim any privileges from their tenths, if they had been once granted. With regard to the nobility, and citizens -of the chief towns, who had upwards of one hundred livre* a-ycar : the nobles were to be taxed as far as five thoùfand livres of rent, and _ forty fols for every hundred livres, befides the four livres for the firft hundred. The inhabitants of the towns in the fame manner. •tBT


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