Civilians and insurance: approximations of reality to the law


In: Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis / Revue d'Histoire du Droit / The Legal History Review
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  • 1 The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, UK


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In the study of the history of insurance, much attention has been paid to early modern jurists. Their importance as a source for the study of the subject is, however, debatable. Early modern jurists were more interested in systematising insurance than in describing it for what it was. Their main effort lay in explaining this non-Roman contract in Roman law terms. To do so, something had to be sacrificed - reality.


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     M. Bellone (ed.), Decisiones Rotae Genuae De Mercatura et pertinentibus ad eam ..., Venetiis [apud Franciscum Zilettum], 1582, dec. 166, n. 4, fol.221v.

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  • 49

     Albornoz, Arte de los contractos, Valencia, En casa de Pedro de Huete, 1573, fols. 19v–20v. Cf. Coronas Gonzales, El concepto de seguro (supra, n. 2), p. 251. Despite his fame, our knowledge of Albornoz’ life remains significantly wanting. What we know is that he was born in Galicia, studied at Salamanca, published his great opus in 1573, and spent a long time in the ‘New World’. See E.S. Kloss, El Arte de los contractos de Bartolomé de Albornoz, un jurista indiano del siglo XVI, Revista Chilena de historia del derecho, 11 (1985), p. 163–185, at 166–169.

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     Stracca, supra,n. 66.

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