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Insurance in Elizabethan England
The London Code

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Part of Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

  • Date Published: December 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107112285

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  • English insurance came into being almost entirely during the Elizabethan period. However, the Great Fire of 1666 consumed most of London's mercantile document, and therefore little is known about early English insurance. Using new archival material, this study provides the first in-depth analysis of early English insurance. It focuses on a crucial yet little-known text, the London Insurance Code of the early 1580s, and shows how London insurance customs were first imported from Italy, then influenced by the Dutch, and finally shaped in a systematic fashion in that Insurance Code. The London Insurance Code was in turn heavily influenced by coeval continental codes. This deep influence attests the strong links between English and European insurance, and questions the common/civil law divide on the history of commercial law.

    • In-depth research of early English insurance fills a significant gap in our understanding of the formation and development of insurance in England
    • Provides a meticulous analysis of the London Insurance Code of the late sixteenth century, and its continental origins
    • Comparative overview of early modern insurance highlights the deep links between England and the Continent on insurance
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    'The non-specialist reader must stand in humble awe at the author’s massive scholarship. It is scholarship conducted in numerous places. It is scholarship in primary sources written in several languages. It is scholarship obtaining little assistance from secondary works. The book is beautifully written. … The work is a supremely impressive addition to the series of which it is a part, Cambridge Studies in English Legal History.' J. D. Heydon, Cambridge Law Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107112285
    • length: 900 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 53 mm
    • weight: 1.42kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Legal-Historical Background:
    2. Some remarks on the origins of English insurance
    3. Insurance in late sixteenth-century England
    Part II. The London Code:
    4. Preamble: sea-carriage and averages
    5. The making of the London Code
    6. Object of Insurance
    7. Premium
    8. The parties
    9. Risks
    10. Ship and voyage
    11. Recovery
    12. Abandonment to the insurers
    13. Reinsurance
    14. Life insurance
    Concluding remarks.

  • Author

    Guido Rossi, University of Edinburgh
    Guido Rossi is a lecturer in European legal history at the University of Edinburgh.

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