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  • Yes - well most historians who actually studied the issue, see that differently,

    and imho they make a more convincing case

    Edit,

    The most obvious evidence is obviously that Flemish cities allied themselves with the Count of Flanders, the French King, the English one (which was sometimes the same), the German emperor, or other Flemish cities as it suited them.

    Indeed the city state of Ghent (at the time the most powerful one) was not above repressing nearby independent cities, who in turn then allied with said kings to regain there independence.

    "Follow the money" works in Medieval times, just like it does now.

    And that ties in to Brexit,

    it will cut into to the profit of your "entrepreneurs", which is why the domestic opposition to it will eventually overcome the outcome of the referendum imho.

    We can see that happening already - Brexit as the British government is implementing it now, will be arranged in such a manner nobody here will have noticed it happened, while still convincing the British electorate is was something of significance.
    Last edited by Snowygerry; 18 May 18, 06:57.
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    • Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
      The most obvious evidence is obviously that Flemish cities allied themselves with the Count of Flanders, the French King, the English one (which was sometimes the same), the German emperor, or other Flemish cities as it suited them.

      Indeed the city state of Ghent (at the time the most powerful one) was not above repressing nearby independent cities, who in turn then allied with said kings to regain there independence.

      "Follow the money" works in Medieval times, just like it does now.
      Money and independence are not necessarily the same thing.

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      • In mediŽval terms, being "independent" meant levying taxes.

        A common agreement between a king and a city would be for example for the king to not attack a city (a difficult and costly thing to do at any rate) while the city provides a number of troops or the equivalent in value.

        Losing your "independence" meant the king levied is taxes directly, but most often meant the city lost most of his income as trade shifted to other cities.

        So we see Amsterdam for example taking the place of Antwerp after the Spanish sacked it (and the English and Dutch blockaded it).

        A king could take a city - but the money did not always follow the King's whishes
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        • Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post
          A king could take a city - but the money did not always follow the King's whishes
          Quite a parochial (not to say barmy) view to assume that a King or Prince or Republic conquered only for money. Wars usually cost Medieval rulers far more money than they could hope to recoup.
          What was Edward I financial gain from the conquest of Wales fer instance?

          I think you have overstretched a tenuous analogy.

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          • What was Edward I financial gain from the conquest of Wales fer instance ?
            I assume that once he conquered it, he could tax it, and drew income from it, while before he couldn't ?

            Although I know next to nothing about Wales I must admit.

            Note my point here is not necessarily that all Kings were in it for the money, no doubt they had other, more lofty motives,

            but by necessity events followed the money, not the will of the King.
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            • As regards tax in Wales I believe all those castles built by Edward I would have been paid for by about, ooh, 1730?

              Note my point here is not necessarily that all Kings were in it for the money, no doubt they had other, more lofty motives,
              Not sure if Power and Prestige can be described as more lofty.
              The desire to grow is inherent in all organisations. It happens even when the growth is not in the interests of the original inhabitants/investors etc and can make the organisation overall weaker or poorer - see the EU and NATO

              Reducing it to merely about money (although we all wish our amount of that to grow) misses the point.

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              • Originally posted by Gooner View Post
                As regards tax in Wales I believe all those castles built by Edward I would have been paid for by about, ooh, 1730.
                If it works in Wales like it did here it goes as follows,

                You conquer the land and kill the owners, you replace them with new owners loyal to you, whom you grant the right to build a castle (or keep an old one) and the right to tax the locals.

                In return you require a percentage of those taxes, or alternatively, to supply you with troops or show up as knights (maybe bowmen in the case of the English) to fight for you.

                With that income you conquer new lands.

                That's in a nutshell the feudal system.
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                • Originally posted by Gooner View Post
                  Meh, we can repeal anything we like after the two years are up.


                  I'm a bit puzzled why some Continentals think antagonizing us is a good idea
                  Because its worked. Brexit won't happen in actuality.

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                  • Originally posted by Snowygerry View Post

                    I assume that once he conquered it, he could tax it, and drew income from it, while before he couldn't ?

                    Although I know next to nothing about Wales I must admit.

                    Note my point here is not necessarily that all Kings were in it for the money, no doubt they had other, more lofty motives,

                    but by necessity events followed the money, not the will of the King.
                    \it was the old frontier problem. If you have a settled frontier next to a less prosperous and /or less well governed territory then you get raids. You move the frontier and the land newly brought under your control prospers and in turn gets raided and the process continues. . With Wales it was simplest for England to just take over the lot in one go.
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                    • "You can check out anytime you like but you can never leave."

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