Online Primary Sources: English Admiralty Law

Admiralty law is “A field of law relating to, and arising from, the practice of the admiralty courts (tribunals that exercise jurisdiction over all contracts, torts, offenses, or injuries within maritime law) that regulates and settles special problems associated with sea navigation and commerce.” (West’s Encyclopedia of American Law) Cases before the admiralty courts in Great Britain are summarized in these two volumes of original source documents: Select pleas in the Court of Admiralty. Volume 1 covers 1390 to 1545; volume 2 handles 1547-1602. Cases involve piracy, insurance claims, shipwrecks, business transactions and the like. Documents in foreign languages have been translated into the English of the time.


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