and half so much more

ragtimebaby

New Member
USA - English
I have an older English text and I'm trying to modernize some of the English. One sentence says:

"A Parliament was held at Westminster, in which a special tax was granted to the King, which was as much as fifteen percent of people's goods and half so much more, for which the people sorely complained."

I can't think of what "and half so much more" means in this context.

"which was as much as fifteen percent of people's goods and sometimes more" perhaps? Any ideas?
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    I think that "half so much more" would mean with half of fifteen percent (7.5%) in addition. In other words, the tax could be as much as 22.5% total.

    It is an odd way to express it, though. I am interested to see whether someone will explain it differently.
     
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