Spices, Corruption and Taxes

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Spices and Corruption: Spices were so expensive that they could be given as gifts. Custom was to give them to judges during trials as thanks…or to corrupt them. In the 14th century, the term “spices” designated a mandatory tax which was added to the subtotal of a bill.–Le Viandier, credited to Guillaume Tirel, alias Taillevent