Marsden, Reginald G., ed., Select Pleas in the Court of Admiralty. 2 vols. (Selden Society, 6) Read this source online
Number of pages of primary source text: 17
Dates: 1390 - 1545
Archival Reference: PRO, Chancery Miscellanea (C47) and High Court of Admiralty (HCA)
- Translated into English.
- Original language included.
Translation Comments: Facing page text and translation
- Court Roll
- Economy - Trade
- Law - Crime
- Law - Secular
- Towns / Cities
- Travel / Pilgrimage
Vol. I: The earliest case (in 1390) records the testimony in Anglo-Norman and court proceedings in Latin; “Sampson v. Curteys” (pp. 1-17, with translations on pp. 149-65). Two cases cover the period 1390-1404; the others date to 1527-1545. The cases involve a wide variety of matters, including thefts, assault, accidents, and murder at sea; seizure of ships and cargoes by pirates; shipwreck and salvage; breach of contract to ship goods; hire of mariners and pilots; sale and disputed ownership of ships and cargoes; disputes on responsibility for losses at sea; drownings and deodand; local port charges; and fishing disputes. Vol. II (Selden Society, v. 11, 1897) covers the period 1547-1602.
Vol. 1 contains an extensive Introduction (pp. xi-lxxxxvii) that traces the development of the Admiralty court and its powers. The Introduction to vol. 2 (pp. xi-lxxxiii) covers the later history of the Admiralty Court; the admiral’s rights over wreck and salvage in ports (including much medieval evidence); extracts from inquisitions at the Cinque Ports from the early 15C on (pp. xxviii-xxxii, lxii-lxiv); notes on the early law of wreck; writs of prohibition against admiralty jurisdiction; early (temp Edw. I forward) references to the Admiralty Court; and a table of some cases in the Admiralty Court from 1528 to 1602 not included in these volumes.