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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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Written Law: Urban Collections of Sea Law

Written Law: Urban Collections of Sea Law

(p.81) 4 Written Law: Urban Collections of Sea Law
'Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen'

Edda Frankot

Edinburgh University Press

In this chapter the manuscript collections of the towns of Aberdeen, Kampen, Lübeck, Danzig and Reval are analysed in order to determine which sea laws were at the courts' disposal and from what date. Following on from chapter 1, this analysis provides a more detailed investigation of the development and dissemination of the different law compilations and their manuscript copies. A comparison of the urban collections leads to the conclusion that there was no particular commonality in these. The main body of law in the towns of Kampen, Lübeck and Danzig is formed by compilations which originated in those towns and there is no written law which was available in all five towns in the later Middle Ages.

Keywords:   manuscripts, sea law, courts, Aberdeen, Kampen, Lübeck, Danzig, Reval, Middle Ages

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