Benevolence Tax

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The Benevolence Tax, also known as a ''Loving Tax'' and ''Free Gift'', was a type of taxation levied by multiple English Monarchs from the 15th thru 17th Centuries AD. The ''Benevolence'' term was coined as a means of justifying monies gathered for the continuance of a Monarch's Treasury. In fact, it was a means by a Monarch to extort monies from wealthier towns and cities – and was more aimed at Nobility than the average ''rank and file''. The majority of these funds gathered were not used for self-defense initiatives (such as ship building for The Navy or increasing military technology for The Army). Much of it was used for less ''honorable means'' (parties, brides etc.) During the existence of The Benevolence Tax – on more than one occasion – Parliament blocked and failed to enforce it. The last such Tax was enacted by Charles I in 1633 as a means of culling a better relationship with French Diplomats.