I'm curious to see how much money went where in the medieval governments of Europe, but I'm not even sure where to start looking.

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    I'm not sure that there was a whole lot of book-keeping done during the early-medieval period. Also Europe is a big place with a lot of different governments, perhaps you might want to narrow the range somewhat. – KillingTime Mar 11 '17 at 19:44
  • @KillingTime Europe is my definite range. – tuskiomi Mar 11 '17 at 19:45

If the British Isles are within your range, the Pipe Rolls survived in a continuous series from 1155, with some earlier ones also extant. The UK National Archives has information online about how to access them. The Pipe Roll Society is dedicated to publishing them.

Unless you're a Latin scholar, you'll want to access someone else's research into the rolls to get the kind of information you're looking for.


In a book about Byzantine history I read that there is one recorded imperial budget from the reign of Andronicus II (reigned 1282-1328).

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