Black book of the admiralty


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BLACK BOOK OF THE ADMIRALTY. An ancient book compiled in the reign of Edw. III. It has always been deemed of the highest authority in matters concerning the admiralty. It contains the laws of Oleron, At large; a view of the crimes and offences cognizable in the admiralty; ordinances and commentaries on matters of prize and maritime torts, injuries and contracts, 2 Gall. R. 404.

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The Laws of Wisbuy were referred to by Rothery as "the collection of laws, which obtained currency amongst the northern nations and those bordering on the Baltic" and, citing Pardessus, "date from the first half of the fourteenth century, when Wisbuy was in the height of its prosperity." (193) Rothery explained that the Siete Partidas was "the code of laws made by Alphonso the Wise, between the years 1256 and 1266, for the use of Spain." (194) He viewed The Black Book of the Admiralty of England as "the Code of Maritime Law for this country" and traced the book to the reign of Edward II or Edward III, noting that Sir Travers Twiss edited a "beautiful edition" of it in 1871.
I refer to the Consolato del Mare, the Laws of Oleron, the Ordonnances of Wisbuy, the Siete Partidas, the Black Book of the Admiralty, the Jugemens de Damme, and others of the same period.
directer, -etter, v.a., 'to direct, address', is a quotation from The Black Book of the Admiralty (from the section composed between 1337-51):