Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography of Printed and Online Primary Sources for the Middle Ages

Source Details

Marsden, R. G., ed., Documents Relating to the Law and Custom of the Sea, vol. I. A.D. 1205-1648 (Navy Records Society, vol. 1)

Text name(s): 

Number of pages of primary source text: 149


Dates: 1205 - 1648

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman
  • Latin


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • British Isles
  • Flanders
  • France
  • Netherlands


Record Types: 

  • Contract
  • Court Roll
  • Law - Legislation
  • Letter
  • Petition

Subject Headings: 

  • Diplomacy
  • Economy - Trade
  • Government
  • Law - Crime
  • Law - Secular
  • Maritime
  • Material Culture: Food, Clothing, Household
  • Nobility / Gentry
  • Science / Technology
  • Travel / Pilgrimage
  • War - Military History


  • Index
  • Introduction


Documents are taken from patent rolls, close rolls, coram rege rolls, Chancery and Exchquer miscellanea, Exchequer plea rolls, ancient correspondence, assize rolls, treaty rolls, Gascon rolls, and cover disputes about piracy, privateering, reprisal, prize jurisdiction, overeseas trade, the arrest of ships and cargoes (many of which are enumerated in detail), naval service, and diplomatic matters and crimes at sea. Medieval documents (pp. 1-149 cover the period 1205-1511) are in Latin or Anglo-Norman, and are accompanied by full translations.

Introduction Summary: 

Introduction, pp. vii- discusses the growth of Admiralty jurisdiction and the law of prize and privateering. Index of Persons, Places, and Ships.

Cataloger: MAK