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

Edda Frankot


It has often been assumed that there was a common maritime law in northern Europe in the Middle Ages, shared between skippers and merchants who conducted their business along the North Sea and Baltic littoral. This study examines this assumption by studying the dissemination of law compilations across this region, and by comparing the contents of these and the judgements passed by urban courts in cases of shipwreck, jettison and ship collision. First of all, the history of the written laws are analysed. Then comparisons are made of regulations regarding shipwreck, jettison (and other forms of ... More

Keywords: maritime law, Middle Ages, shipwreck, jettison, ship collision, Aberdeen, Kampen, Lübeck, Danzig, Reval

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780748646241
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646241.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edda Frankot, author