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'Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen'Medieval Maritime Law and its Practice in Urban Northern Europe$
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Edda Frankot

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646241

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646241.001.0001

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A History of Maritime Law in Northern Europe

A History of Maritime Law in Northern Europe

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(p.6) 1 A History of Maritime Law in Northern Europe
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'Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen'
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Edda Frankot

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646241.003.0002

In this chapter the evolution and dissemination of written maritime laws in Northern Europe is discussed from the earliest developments in Scandinavia in the late twelfth century and in France and Northern Germany in the thirteenth century to the first printed editions of the so-called Gotland Sea Law in the early sixteenth century. It is argued that local variations in the evolution of maritime regulation correspond to regional developments in shipping technology and that none of the written sea laws which were compiled during the latter part of the Middle Ages were available throughout Northern Europe.

Keywords:   maritime law, sea law, shipping technology, Middle Ages, northern Europe

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