Butlerage

  • Medieval Era
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

This system of Medieval taxation involved the imposition of a tax (monies) on certain “Staple Goods”. Staple Goods were items which were considered a necessity. The primary “List” consisted of: Leather, Wool, Animal Skins, Lead, Tin, Butter and Cheese – and of course Lard (or Grease). As various foreign Merchants and Tradesmen would place these items “on Market”, a Set Fee was imposed. The Fee ranged from 6 to 14 Schillings. First initiated by King Henry II (England), he created (around 1275), a “Royal Official” to oversee the collection of these fees – The Chief Butler!