BCYA Black Book Contents

"The ancient Laws of Oleron, named for the Island of Oleron, a famous seafaring community in the Duchy of Acquitane, were introduced into England during the waning years of the twelfth century. Essentially a collection of maritime laws and traditional customs of the sea, they were codified in 1336 under the title Rules for the Office of Lord High Admiral; Ordinances for the Admiralty in Time of War; the Laws of Oleron for the Office of Constable Marshall; and Other Rules and Precedents. Because the document was bound in black leather, . . . it became known as the Black Book of the Admiralty."

This year's BCYA Black Book is less a book than a collection of Adobe Acrobat PDF files and references to the very complete BCYA website. These include:


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