Lady Godiva stopped Leofric’s Heregeld collection for King Canute

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Lady Godiva’s naked horse ride stopped her husband Leofric collecting the Heregeld tax for King Canute, according to Ranulph Higden’s Polychronicon (1257) and an inquiry by Edward I. Both investigations found that all tax collection in Coventry stopped, except for taxes on horses. The first telling of the Godiva story, …

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Boston Tea Party – US War of Independence

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1773 A rebellion in America over a tax on tea imported from Britain sparked the American War of Independence that led to the United States of America becoming an independent country. The East India Tea Company had struggled in Britain due to cheaper smuggled imports. As it owed the government …

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Other tax rebellions

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The British tend to rebel over the issue of tax. Tactics have included non-payment, riots, armed mobs and even murder. And the rebellions have often led to changes in government – and even to the US war of independence (“No taxation without representation”). Five examples are: The Peasants’ Revolt of …

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