"It would be most reasonable to study the matter before just making things up."
I let this little litter box deposit of a comment age and desiccate for a few days before responding.
First, I didn't "just making things up." I provided an opinion. "Making things up" and providing an opinion are two different things. You may want to study the difference. It might prove enlightening.
Second, I am not presenting myself as an expert on such matters. You, Bobby, on the other hand, seem to be doing so.
I'm a scientist -- a geologist -- not a cultural anthropologist or an historian. Perhaps you are one of those learned people in such academic fields with considerable expertise on the financing of church and cathedral building in France of a thousand years ago. If so, I ask your deepest forgiveness at troubling you with my apparently ignorant musings.
But, at your urging, I did a little reading. I found a French professor, Dr. Denis Cailleaux at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon. He has an interesting paper entitled Les Comptes de Construction des Cathédrales Medievales.
He wrote that, initially, the funds for constructing religious structures came largely from the donations of bishops. Later on, when the French monarchy became more powerful, those sources of funding were supplemented by royal funds, generated by increased taxes.
Now, perhaps you are among those folks who believe the riches bishops controlled arrived to them through some divine providence, with no participation by the local populace.
I'm not one of those folks.
I believe the wealth controlled by medieval bishops originated in payments extracted from the population in their area using various forms of coercion, promises of divine providence, or threats. Maybe I'm an ignorant fool. But, based on my understanding of how organized religion operates, I don't think so.
And -- regarding taxes levied by royalty to pay its contribution: perhaps you are comfortable in a belief that such a contribution came solely from those so fabulously wealthy that they never even felt the sting of taxation.
I'm not so inclined. I suspect such taxation rested heavily on the poor and the powerless, and that those comfortably ensconced in their châteax and manor houses remained quite comfortable indeed.
But again, perhaps I'm a fool.