Agrippa I: The Last King of Judaea (Texte und Studien zum by Daniel R Schwartz

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Archaeological excavations have been carried out continuously on the Tyskebryggen from 1955 until today, with excellent results. 1 The finds also included gold rings and ornaments, which the owners were no doubt very annoyed to lose. In the Baltic, the Hanseatic town of Lübeck was the strongest town in the League by virtue of its role at the hub of the trade routes between Novgorod, Lübeck, Hamburg and Bruges. The League owed its success to several factors, one of the most important of which was its organisation.

38 chapter four It should be stressed that Queen Margrete still acted on behalf of her son, but no one can have doubted that she was responsible for political strategy—even though the king was now 15 years old and therefore officially a grown man. Since no representatives from the Hanseatic towns in Prussia had attended the meeting, no final answer could be given. The matter was postponed, and it seems the League gave up the case. It would have been very difficult to convince an impartial court of law that it was fair to demand compensation from the Danish government for plundering committed by pirates.

What an insult! ’ Lübeck contributed one large ship and two smaller ships with 80 men, while Rostock and Wismar each contributed one large and two smaller ships with 50 men. To cover the expenses a new duty was imposed on every ship leaving Hanseatic harbours. This was a valorem duty in which, for example, 1% of the 7 In his new thesis A. Bøgh questions the queens role in the piracy: “Most historians have contended that Margrethe supported the pirates in the hope of pressing the Hanseatic towns into giving up their possession of the Scanian castles prematurely.

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