The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade around Europe 1300-1600 explores the links between maritime trading networks around Europe, from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic to the North and Baltic Seas. Maritime trade routes connected diverse geographical and cultural spheres, contributing to a more integrated Europe in both cultural and material terms. This volume explores networks’ economic functions alongside their intercultural exchanges, contacts and practical arrangements in ports on the European coasts.

The collection takes as its central question how shippers and merchants were able to connect regional and interregional trade circuits around and beyond Europe in the late medieval period. It is divided into four parts, with chapters in Part I looking across broad themes such as ships and sailing routes, maritime law, financial linkages and linguistic exchanges. In the following parts - divided into the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, and the Atlantic and North Seas - contributors present case studies addressing themes including conflict resolution, relations between different types of main ports and their hinterland, the local institutional arrangements supporting maritime trade, and the advantages and challenges of locations around the continent. The volume concludes with a summary that points to the extraterritorial character of trading systems during this fascinating period of expansion.

Drawing together an international team of contributors, The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade around Europe is a vital contribution to the study of maritime history and the history of trade. It is essential reading for students and scholars in these fields.

chapter 1|11 pages

Maritime trade around Europe 1300–1600

Commercial networks and urban autonomy
ByWim Blockmans, Mikhail Krom, Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz

part I|86 pages

Thematic aspects

chapter 2|19 pages

Ships and sailing routes in maritime trade around Europe 1300–1600

ByRichard W. Unger

chapter 3|21 pages

Capturing opportunity, financing trade

ByStuart Jenks

chapter 4|12 pages

Trading spaces in European port cities

The architectural models of bourses, lonjas and exchanges
ByDonatella Calabi

chapter 5|17 pages

Lex maritima?

Local, regional and universal maritime law in the Middle Ages
ByAlbrecht Cordes

chapter 6|15 pages

Trade and language

How did traders communicate across language borders?
ByAgnete Nesse

part II|128 pages

The Mediterranean

chapter 7|18 pages


City of merchants or city for merchandise?
ByMonique O’Connell

chapter 8|20 pages

Collapse and Continuity

Alexandria as a declining city with a thriving port (thirteenth to sixteenth centuries)
ByGeorg Christ

chapter 10|18 pages


A city with a port or a port city?
ByLuisa Piccinno

chapter 12|18 pages


A supporting role
ByThierry Pécout

chapter 13|19 pages


Opportunities of a secondary node
ByDavid Igual Luis

part III|102 pages

The Baltic

chapter 14|17 pages

Lübeck and the Hanse

A queen without its body
ByCarsten Jahnke

chapter 15|25 pages

Danzig (GDAŃSK)

Seeking stability and autonomy
ByJustyna Wubs-Mrozewicz

chapter 16|19 pages


A city emerging from maritime trade
ByIvar Leimus, Anu Mänd

chapter 17|21 pages


Trade, politics and mentalities in the time of independence
ByPavel V. Lukin

chapter 18|18 pages

The City of Pskov in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

Baltic trade and institutional growth
ByAlexei Vovin, Mikhail Krom

part IV|151 pages

The Atlantic and the North Sea

chapter 19|19 pages


Trade, urban power and the king’s visible hand
ByAmélia Aguiar Andrade, Flávio Miranda

chapter 20|14 pages

The Maritime Trade and Society of La Rochelle in the late Middle Ages

ByMathias Tranchant

chapter 21|17 pages

‘The goodlyest haven not of the lowe countries only but of all christendome’

The Scheldt estuary as a gateway system 1300–1600
ByLouis Sicking, Arno Neele

chapter 22|28 pages

The Maritime Trade Networks of Late Medieval London

ByMaryanne Kowaleski

chapter 23|17 pages

Aberdeen and the east coast of Scotland

Autonomy on the periphery
ByEdda Frankot

chapter 24|18 pages

Bergen 1300–1600

A trading hub between the North and the Baltic Sea
ByGeir Atle Ersland

chapter 25|36 pages

European integration from the seaside

A comparative synthesis
ByWim Blockmans, Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz