The Five Towns Introduced

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:
The Five Towns Introduced

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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

Chapter.  12170 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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