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Twiss, Travers, ed., "The Domesday of Ipswich," in Monumenta Juridica The Black Book of the Admiralty Vol II Appendix-Part I (Rolls Series, Vol. II of 4 vols.)

Text name(s): The Domesday of Ipswich; Black Book of the Admiralty

Number of pages of primary source text: 207


Dates: 1200 - 1469

Archival Reference: BL Add MS. 25,012 (AN), 25,011 (ME)

Original Language(s): 

  • Anglo-Norman
  • English - Middle English


  • Translated into English.
  • Original language included.

Translation Comments: in ME

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • England

County/Region: East Anglia; Suffolk; Ipswich

Record Types: 

  • Custumal

Subject Headings: 

  • Government
  • Law - Secular
  • Towns / Cities


  • Glossary
  • Introduction


Text includes Table of contents (1-13) and customs of Ispwich, which cover all aspects of town life. Remaining part of the volume print the Customs of Oleron and Judgments of the Sea (210-397); the Etablissements (Laws) of the Commune of Royan (in France) (406-29); later additions to the Rolls of Oleron on shipmasters, merchants, and mariners (432-81, in AN). Index (485-500). Note also the Glossary of Anglo-Norman and Gascon Words in Vol. IV, pp. 147-97.

Introduction Summary: 

Contains Introduction (pp. vii-lxxxvii) on custumals of boroughs in England and N. France, esp. Ipswich; shows similarities between charters of la Rochelle (on maritime customs) and the Laws of Oleron (which are the customary laws, dating from c. 1300, that governed all maritime disputes in England and most of northern Europe). Also discusses other collections of maritime laws in medieval Europe, theories on origins of Laws of Oleron, and much else.

Cataloger: MAK