Alfred 8 commanded his ministri (Anonymi 160) to divide his annual income from taxes into four.
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(the Great, king of the Anglo-Saxons, 871-899) : Alfred 8 commanded his ministri (Anonymi 160) to divide the second part of his riches that came to him annually from every tax and was assigned to the treasury to be divided into four. The first part was to be expended wisely on the poor of whatever people who might come to him (Anonymi 167), following the precepts of Gregory 1. The second part was for the two monasteries and those serving in them (Anonymi 153 and Anonymi 159); the third part was for the school which Alfred 8 had most eagerly assembled from nobles and commoners (Anonymi 165); the fourth part was for neighbouring monasteries in Wessex and Mercia and also in certain years in turn, depending on the availability, he gave to immediately or planned to donate to at a subsequent time churches and the servants of God occupying them in Cornwall, Gaul, Armorica and among the Northumbrians, and sometimes also in Ireland (Anonymi 166).