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The canonical basis for collecting ecclesiastical tithes (a payment in kind; as a rule, a tenth of an agricultural product) had already been established in the 6th and 7th centuries. By the 12th century at the latest, this levy was a standard part of the canon of peasant services throughout Europe. As the “great tithe,” it was imposed on grain and wine; as the “small tithe,” it included the so-called blood tithe, imposed on animal husbandry, and the so-called green tithe, imposed on garden products and other field crops [9. 14]. The great tithe was mandatory throughout Euro…

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Troßbach, Werner, “Tithe”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_030665>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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