Written Law: Urban Collections of Sea Law

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:
Written Law: Urban Collections of Sea Law

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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

Chapter.  15114 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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