The Customs Service
|The need for a reliable tax|
The revenue problem
Medieval kings faced the same problems that trouble governments of today - how to raise enough revenue to pay for such things as administration and defence. Despite a bewildering range of taxes, rulers were nearly always short of money.
Most taxes were difficult to collect, and people were not keen on paying. Unpopular taxes could lead to unforseen consequences, particularly where there was already general discontent.