A History of Maritime Law in Northern Europe

Edda Frankot

in 'Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen'

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748646241
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676712 | DOI:
A History of Maritime Law in Northern Europe

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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

Chapter.  10891 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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