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By Jill Eddison

In the Medieval interval the English Channel was once an extremely perilous stretch of water. It had distinctive (and frequently conflicting) services. It used to be a wealthy advertisement seaway, on which the emerging economic climate of the recognized international depended. even as it was once a large, lawless, political frontier among belligerent monarchies, whose kings inspired piracy as an inexpensive replacement to war, and loved their very own minimize. Pirates prospered. They stole ships and cargoes, at sea or in port. They raided different ports and performed long-lasting vendettas opposed to different teams. They ransomed the richest in their captives, yet tipped innumerable sailors overboard. This revealing new booklet explores medieval piracy because it waxed and waned. Dramatic life-stories are set opposed to the better-known landmarks of heritage. whereas kings have been ambivalent, overseas relatives have been imperilled, and even though it was once in brief quelled by means of Henry V, piracy was once by no means defeated in this turbulent epoch.

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14 The percentage the privateers were (officially) allowed to keep depended generally on the urgency of the political situation. The more acute the situation, the more they were allowed to keep, generally building up until the privateers in the time of Henry IV kept their entire prizes. The fate, the practical handling, of the stolen goods once they arrived in port is obscure, but important to this story. Some were divided up and immediately distributed to numerous people in the port or its locality, which made it very difficult for officials to trace them even a few days after the event.

Society within the ports was essentially competitive and structures were fluid. At Winchelsea, the Alards achieved early prominence which lasted well into the fourteenth century. The early leaders at Southampton were the St Laurences, the Flemings, the Bulehouses, the Fortins and, somewhat later, a redoubtable lady called Claramunda, though many of those families were replaced by others within a generation or two. In Southampton those leading families formed, with a few others, a small, close-knit group, which was strengthened by joint commercial interests and by intermarriage.

Published with permission of Bridgeman Art Library) Acknowledgements Dr Joan Thirsk and Dr, later Professor, Richard Smith, did much to encourage and promote my interest in medieval history. Dr Mark Bailey provided further insight into the period and into its sources at summer courses at Madingley Hall, Cambridge. Dr Mark Gardiner, medieval archaeologist from whom I had already learnt a great deal, discussed this project in advance and made valuable comments on an early draft of this book. The basic research was carried out in the Canterbury Cathedral Archives and in the Templeman Library at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

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