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The Companion to the Hanseatic League discusses the significance of the Hanseatic League for the social and fiscal heritage of pre-modern northern Europe. proven already as early because the 12th century, the cities that shaped the Hanseatic League created an incredible community of trade in the course of the Baltic and North Sea region. From Russia within the east, to England and France within the west, the towns of the Hanseatic League created an enormous northern maritime alternate community. the purpose of this quantity is to offer a "state" of the sector English-language quantity via one of the most revered Hanse students. participants are Mike Burkhardt, Ulf Christian Ewert, Rolf Hammel-Kiesow, Donald J. Harreld, Carsten Jahnke, Michael North, Jurgen Sarnowsky and Stephan Selzer.

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43 Following the death of Henry of Old Lübeck, Lothar iii appointed Jarl Knut Lavard (the Dane) King of the Abotrites. Jarl Knut was, of course, married to the Novgorod Princess Ingeborg and as result of his elevation and by virtue of his marriage, became ruler of the southwest Baltic coastline, including the key trading centers of Schleswig and Old Lübeck, and more than likely controlled or at least had designs upon the domination of the east-west seaborne trading route to Novgorod. It is in this context that the Knytlinga Saga of the late thirteenth century provides another fascinating clue.

Geburtstag, Kölner Historische Abhandlungen, vol. 39 (Cologne: Böhlau-Verlag, 1993), 367–413, 404–413; 36 Hammel-Kiesow these privileges became, in turn, the rock to which the privileges of Baltic cities were anchored and from which emerged the association of Low German merchants, or the hansa Alemanie (London, 1282). 70 The encounter did not go smoothly. The personal interests of individual groups within the city prevailed and as a result ensured that the branch of Lower Rhenish merchants from Cologne and the branch of merchants from the Baltic would remain distinct from one another.

26 Hammel-Kiesow Segeberg Castle and in 1134, presumably from his court in Halberstadt, awarded certain privileges to the Gotlanders residing within his sphere of influence. In this, the western Slavs did not fail to recognize the danger that threatened their political and cultural independence. 45 What is more, the Slavs razed Old Lübeck almost immediately after the death of Lothar in 1138. Obviously, the Slavs had seen a center for German influence in the presence of this castle settlement. However, by destroying the old settlement, they had paved the way for the establishment of the Lower German city of Lübeck, which received its charter only a short time later in the year 1143.

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