The King’s Chambers

By G. Choudharay Best, published February 1974


In 1604, with England neutral in the war between the United Provinces and Spain, King James I issued a proclamation setting out limits around the coast of England (from Holy Island to the Isle of Man) within which warlike acts would not be allowed, “even as in a house the inner private rooms or chambers……are reserved for the Master”. The article reviews the justifications advanced from Roman times through to John’s Selden’s Mare Clausum of 1635 for a state or ruler asserting control over the neighbouring sea.

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