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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 505: Crossing Urban Legal Boundaries in Northern Europe, I: Belonging and Otherness

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Miriam Tveit, Fakultetet for Samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet
Moderator/Chair:David Ditchburn, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 505-aBelonging and Exclusion: Hanseatic Kontore Dealing with Mercantile Legal Conflicts in London and Bruges, c. 1380-1500
(Language: English)
Ester Zoomer, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Law
Paper 505-bUrban Boundaries in the Late Medieval Anglo-Scottish Marches: Carlisle and Berwick-upon-Tweed
(Language: English)
Jackson Armstrong, Department of History, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Urban, Law
Paper 505-cThe Legal Position of Burghers and Guests in Stockholm
(Language: English)
Sofia Gustafsson, Institutionen för studier av samhällsutveckling och kultur, Linköpings Universitet
Index terms: Administration, Economics - Urban, Law
Paper 505-d'Considerand that he is a stranger': Foreigners and the Law in Late Medieval Aberdeen
(Language: English)
Edda Frankot, Research Institute of Irish & Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Law, Social History

Medieval towns were generally legally separate entities from the area around them. Their citizens, moreover, had been granted specific rights and privileges which distinguished them from others. Such rights and privileges particularly concerned separate jurisdictions as well as access to trade. The same can be said of the privileges granted to groups of merchants, such as those from the Hanse. This session will explore the legal boundaries that existed between town-dwellers (or members of Hanseatic kontors) and others, be they inhabitants from the surrounding countryside or citizens from other towns, to establish how and whether such boundaries were created and maintained.