Bayonne and the King’s Ships 1204-1420

By Susan Rose, published May 2000


This article asks and answers many questions about the relationship between the port of Bayonne and the King of England in the thirteenth century. A duty of ship-service was clearly understood and undertaken by ships from Bayonne, and Bayonnese ships were also required to protect shipping engaged in trade between Bayonne and the West Country. Ship building for the Crown took place there in the subsequent century. The article provides detail of the commerce raiding the galleys from Bayonne are involved in by the fourteenth century, and concludes with descriptions of the repairs to St George and St Edward and their victualling.

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Filed under: Late Middle Ages | English Channel | High Middle Ages
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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