The Black Book of the Admiralty is actually a four-volume compilation that contains a wide variety of documents that deal with the duties/office of the lord high admiral originating in the 14th century. Actually, most of this work does NOT revolve around the admiralty per se but presents maritime law from different areas such as Amalfi, Bruges, Flanders, and Jerusalem. Most of the texts are translated into English giving the reader a unique perspective into the development of maritime law in various parts of the world. Volume 4 also contains Anglo-Norman, Saxon, and Catalan glossaries, a valuable asset. An additional source of material is the two-volume Documents relating to law and custom of the sea.
Early English Sea Law