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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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The Five Towns Introduced

The Five Towns Introduced

(p.53) 3 The Five Towns Introduced
'Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen'

Edda Frankot

Edinburgh University Press

In this chapter the five towns of Aberdeen in Scotland, Kampen in the Netherlands, Lübeck in Germany, Reval (Tallinn) in Estonia and Danzig (Gdańsk) in Poland are introduced, by discussing their evolution, government, court system and trade, and subsequently compared. It is argued that although each of the five towns grew to be an important centre of trade in its own area, they were for a large part different as regards the way they were ruled, the power they exercised outside their boundaries and the laws to which they were subject.

Keywords:   Aberdeen, Kampen, Lübeck, Reval, Danzig, government, courts, trade

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