The same year he published a pamphlet against feudal aids and the gabelle, for which he was denounced and arrested, but provisionally released.
In 1548 he was at Bordeaux during one of the frequent riots caused by the gabelle, or salt-tax.
The elus and the superintendents, instead of being delegates of the states, became royal functionaries like the baillis and the provosts; imposts, hearth-money (fouage), salt-tax (gabelle), sale-dues (droits de vente), voted for the war, were levied during the whole of Charles V.s reign and added to his personal revenue.
He kept to the old system of revenues from the demesne and from imposts that were reactionary in their effect, such as the taille, aids, salt-tax (gabelle) and customs; only he managed them better.
Gabelle), a duty formerly charged in Spain and its colonies on all transfers of property, whether public or private.
GABELLE (French, from the Med.