Monday, November 09, 2015

Historical Footnotes ~ Ancient Travels & Tax Men

The Tax Man Cometh...even in 14th century Moscow.

Looks likt archeologists unearthed a bunch of odds and ends on a dig just off Red Square in Moscow, amongst which was a manuscript written on birchbark. Well its really not a manuscript, more a story relating the troubles a traveler and some companions had. Apparently the fellow was on a long journey to another city when he was detained, by "someone who had the right to do so." They only extricated themselves after their purses were lightened.

It does not reveal if they were allowed to continue, and if so, what happened to them afterwords.

Taxes, fees and fines....

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