LAWS OF OLERON, maritime law. A code of sea laws of deserved celebrity. It
was originally promulgated by Eleanor, duchess of Guienne, the mother of
Richard the First of England. Returning from the Holy Land, and familiar
with the maritime regulations of the Archipelago, she enacted these laws at
Oleron in Guienne, and they derive their title from the place of their
publication. The language in which they were originally written is the
Gascon, and their first object appears to have been the commercial
operations of that part of France only. Richard I., of England, who
inherited the dukedom of Guienne from his mother, improved this code, and
introduced it into England. Some additions were made to it by King John; it
was promulgated anew in the 50th year of Henry III., and received its
ultimate confirmation in the 12th year of Edward III. Brown's Civ. and Adm.
Law, vol. ii. p. 40.
2. These laws are inserted in the beginning of the book entitled "Us et Coutumes de la Mer," with a very excellent commentary on each section by Clairac, the learned editor. A translation is to be found in the Appendix to 1 Pet. Adm. Dec.; Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 1, p. 16. See Laws of Wisbuy: Laws of the Hanse Towns; Code