The High Seas and the Church in the Middle Ages Part I

By R.F. Wright, published February 1967

Abstract

This lengthy article deals mainly with the origins of established maritime law. The middle ages were essentially religious and every sphere of activity was influenced by the Church. Medieval laws of the sea founded within the compass of the Laws of Oleron, were designed to solve maritime disputes which were not easily aligned to the civil laws of the seafaring trading nations. As these laws had their basis in the Christian faith, the influence of the clergy played an important part of the judicial process in the Admiralty Courts. Therefore, the influence of the clergy board members was very important.

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Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | English Channel | High Middle Ages | Mediterranean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration

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