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Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Germanistische Abteilung

Ed. by Oestmann, Peter / Rückert, Joachim / Haferkamp, Hans-Peter

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Volume 132, Issue 1


I. Der Stellvertreter

Oder: Wie geht eine Anwesenheitsgesellschaft mit Abwesenheit um?

Gabriela Signori
Published Online: 2015-07-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.7767/zrgga-2015-0104

The Proxy, or: How Does a Face to Face Society Deal With Absence. In contemporary terminology of the late medieval social world, characterized by high spatial mobility as well as by legal pluralism, the proxy or agent represented a central legal instrument that allowed building bridges between both present and absent persons of different legal status. Agency was indispensable, because mobility often scattered the families - and in consequence the heritage - in all directions, and because for most merchants and artisans their affairs did not end at the town walls. This applied to nearly all branches of urban trade, not only to merchants, grocers, skippers or butchers engaged in livestock trade. Agency allowed to direct the circulation of money, goods and inheritance in legally secured paths beyond the town walls. This paper will focus on 340 proxy authorizations recorded in the Basel Liber judicij (1425-1437), an exceptional testimony, which lets the social profile of late medieval agencybe sharpened for the first time.

Keywords: agency; legal pluralism; mobility; inheritance; trade; debts; Basel Liber Judicij; proxy

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Published Online: 2015-07-06

Published in Print: 2015-08-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Germanistische Abteilung, Volume 132, Issue 1, Pages 1–22, ISSN (Online) 2304-4861, ISSN (Print) 0323-4045, DOI: https://doi.org/10.7767/zrgga-2015-0104.

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