Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Hanse - A Tidbit of Research

In happily researching my new novel, revolving around the Hanseatic League - merchants of North Germany in the 13th-15th centuries - I came across this interesting item.

Among the many things agreed to by adopting the 'law of L├╝beck', as part of joining the Hanseatic League, we find this:

"If any man marries a woman in one city, and another woman from some other city comes and proves that he is her lawful husband, he shall be beheaded." Tough, but fair, I'd say....

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