By Robin Ward
Regardless of a heritage of conflict, piracy, depopulation, bullion shortages, adversarial political judgements, criminal uncertainties and deteriorating climatic conditions, among the mid-fourteenth and the mid-fifteenth centuries the English service provider delivery thrived. New markets have been constructed, voyages grew to become longer, ships and cargoes elevated in dimension and price, and an curiosity in send possession as an funding unfold during the community.
Using a wealthy diversity of examples drawn from courtroom and parliamentary files, modern literature and the codifications of maritime legislation, this publication illuminates the evolving administration and advertisement practices which constructed to manage the relationships among shipowners, shipmasters, crews and delivery retailers. It additionally brings to lifestyles send functionality, navigation, seamanship, and the usually harsh stipulations on board.
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48, 7 June 1308; Coutumier, pp. 44–5. org/terms THE WORLD OF THE MEDIEVAL SHIPMASTER the abbreviated title of Customs. Lo Libre de Consolat comprises over 300 chapters of legal decisions and opinions by juries and judges on maritime situations. It was known in the thirteenth century, and almost certainly earlier, and was the code of maritime law widely accepted by Mediterranean coastal towns and cities. It is of only limited value to the present work as it does not have an English or Norman provenance, but it does share a common twelfth-century ancestor with the AngloNorman Lex d’Oleron and many of its chapters are similar in content to articles in that, and to chapters in the Coutumier.
961, 28 Jan. 1304: Ad Regem Franciae; and CPR, 1301–07, p. 208; Marsden, Select Pleas, 1, pp. xxxi; xxxii and xvii. ‘Nous avons poer general per my tut Engleterre mes del poer des Admirals dont vous parles ne savons rien’: Marsden, Select Pleas, 1, p. xvii. org/terms THE WORLD OF THE MEDIEVAL SHIPMASTER reduce the duration of impressments, Edward III was described as ‘le Roi de la Mier’ not only to his own subjects but also to those of other countries, marking a substantial expansion of his claim.
The Admiral of the North was commanded to call before him the merchant and anyone else he required, and to deal with the former, his ship, goods and seamen, according to maritime law. With him he had three common 19 Michael Jones, ‘Roches contre Hawley: la cour anglaise de chevalerie et un cas de piraterie à Brest, 1386–1402’, Mémoires de la société d’histoire et d’archéologie de Bretagne, LXIV (1987), citing PRO C47/6/4 rolls 1–9 and C47/6/6 rolls 8–9. , An Early Admiralty Case, Camden Miscellany, 3rd series XV (1929).
The World of the Medieval Shipmaster: Law, Business and the Sea, c.1350-c.1450 by Robin Ward