A Marine Insurance Fraud in the Star Chamber

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The Star Chamber was an active forum for litigating cases of fraud in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. But some complaints alleging fraud were themselves fraudulent. This book chapter provides a detailed study of a 1613 Star Chamber suit claiming marine insurance fraud against London- and Amsterdam-based merchant insurers, which was allegedly committed in Livorno, Italy by two Portuguese crypto-Jews and a young English merchant. But did the fraud actually occur, or did the accuser invent the whole story?
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStar Chamber Matters
Subtitle of host publicationAn Early Modern Court and Its Records
EditorsKJ Kesselring, Natalie Mears
PublisherUniversity of London Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-1912702909
ISBN (Print)978-1912702893
StatePublished - 2021


  • fraud; insurance; anti-semitism; England; Star Chamber


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