Two Exeter Ship Agreements of 1303 and 1301

By Michael Jones, published November 1967

Abstract

Edward 1st and his son understood the importance of sea power for transporting men and supplies in their attempts to subdue Scotland and disrupt lines of communication with her overseas allies. However, with only a limited number of his own vessels, many calls were made on the goodwill of South Coast ports to provide further vessels and supplies. These Ship Agreements illustrate the real and feigned difficulties experienced by municipal bodies and ship owners in fulfilling their obligations to the monarch, in a flawed system for forming the King’s fleet from merchant vessels.

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Filed under: English Channel | High Middle Ages
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics

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