The “Llibre De Consolat”

By A. B. Wood , published January 1922


The Llibre de Consolat dels Fets Maritimes was a maritime code used in the Western Mediterranean from the 13th century and first printed in Barcelona. Two other medieval mercantile codes are also referred to: the 12c Laws of Oleron and the 11c Customs of Trani.   The philology of the Barcelona code is delightful for its pithiness.   Specific clauses examined relate to anchoring etiquette, the hiring of casks and cordage, damage caused by rats and cats, relations with ship-builders, shareholders and crew, a poor pilot’s penalty of prompt decapitation, and passengers.

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Filed under: Medieval | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

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