Saturday, August 05, 2006

A Taxing History

The Guardian has a story today about the digitizing of the Domesday Book. This was the tax record of EVERYTHING ("not an ox or cow or swine" was missed) in Britain, so the Norman king could fill his coffers with the proper taxes. The aim, of course, was to have sufficient funds to go to war. Surprise. Plus ça la change, plus ça la même chose.

1 comment:

Cranky Yankee said...

There was a story about it on Monday morning's NPR news show.

They said that most Brits are proud of the Domesday Book, but think it's a bestseller from Dan Brown.