- Aug 2014
Taxation was universal. The contention was to whom those taxes were to be paid - the local lord or the Church. Some regions paid less rent/taxes than others but it was completely arbitrary. Some Bishops charged ruinous levels of taxation and kept it all for themselves, while others were more socially minded - charging less tax and spending more of their revenue on charitable programs in the community.
Taxation was completely arbitrary and would have changed constantly. You'd have to perform a survey spanning many years to get an accurate picture because taxes rarely remained fixed for long. IMO the best approach is to pick several specific years between the 12th and 15th centuries and write "snapshots" of what life was like during those particular points in time. It will let you cover the subject in more detail, bringing these people to life. If you tried to cover three centuries in one book, it won't be much different to all the other general medieval history books that are already available.
I live in a small village established in around 1150 by St Mary's Abbey York. Our History Group are about to start writing a publication which will try to bring to life the village from 1150 until 1485. As its Lord was an ecclesiastical one would it be taxed in the same way as a village of a secular Lord?