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'Of Laws of Ships and Shipmen'

Medieval Maritime Law and its Practice in Urban Northern Europe

Edda Frankot

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This volume is an important addition to the history of Scotland and European law, utilising innovative research and methodologies to highlight Scotland's position in medieval Europe as a sophisticated legal player. It places Scotland in a wider historical framework for the time and reveals the extent of its maritime connections and influence.

About the Author

Edda Frankot completed her PhD in History and Law at the University of Aberdeen. Since then, she has worked as a research fellow at the universities of Groningen and Aberdeen, before becoming a lecturer in History at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 2011. She is the co-editor of Baltic Connections. Archival Guide to the Maritime Relations of the Countries around the Baltic Sea (including the Netherlands) 1450-1800.


...Dr Frankot conducts her research with rigour and sophistication, and she presents it with a degree of precision and lucidity not always found among native speakers of English.... So far as northern Europe is concerned, the central thesis of the book is that there was no common maritime law in the later medieval period....Dr Frankot shows in three ways that any comparable conception of maritime law would be... erroneous....two dimensional as this examination of maritime law may seem, it is impressive both in its wide range and its attention to detail. The high quality of the research and writing is matched in the production of the book, which by current standards is not extortionately priced for the wealth of information and depth of insight it provides.... The book makes a significant contribution to Scottish legal history, and anyone interested in medieval maritime law will wish to study it closely and constantly.

- J D Ford, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, Edinburgh Law Review, Volume 17.3 (September 2013)
This book is a tremendously significant contribution to the understanding of medieval maritime law... It has set a high standard for others to follow...It will undoubtedly set the benchmark for our understanding of the subject for some time to come.
- Steve Murdoch, University of St Andrews, The Scottish Historical Review Vol. 93, No. 1
Frankot delves deeply in various collections and archives to bring these law codes to light and then to analyze them and trace their origins as well as can be done, given the passage of time.
- Darlene M.Hall, Lake Erie College, Scotia: Interdisciplinary Journal of Scottish Studies: Volume XXXV, 2013

Edda Frankot’s monograph makes a clear and intelligent yet concise intervention in the historiography of European maritime law...This monograph is both timely and welcome.

- SEBASTIAN SOBECKI, University of Groningen, Journal of American History, Vol. 101, no 1

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