Das Mittelalter 25 (1):103-118 (2020)

Merchants in late medieval Antwerp worked with a number of different representatives: They appointed proxies to trade on their behalf, to collect debts in their name or to represent them in court. If a merchant wanted to authorize another person to act on his behalf, he went to a notary who issued a letter of procuration. The article discusses the role of Roman law in these procurations. It contrasts the procurations issued by the notaries with other models for procurations found in a form book for notaries in Antwerp. The analysis comes to the conclusion that the basic idea of installing a proxy did not rely on Roman law. However, knowledge of Roman law was crucial if someone wanted to be represented in a Roman law court. Furthermore, concepts derived from Roman law were applied when complicated problems or phenomena had to be shortened to a few words. In sum, the practice of including phrases and concepts of Roman law wherever they proved useful can be regarded as a part of the lex mercatoria, the customary law of merchants.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1515/mial-2020-0008
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 59,848
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Einleitung: Normativität in der Erziehungswissenschaft.Wolfgang Meseth, Rita Casale, Anja Tervooren & Jörg Zirfas - 2019 - In Wolfgang Meseth, Rita Casale, Anja Tervooren & Jörg Zirfas (eds.), Normativität in der Erziehungswissenschaft. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. pp. 1-17.
The Recognition of Roman Soldiers' Mental Impairment.Korneel Van Lommel - 2013 - Acta Classica: Journal of the Classical Association of South Africa 56:155-184.
Roman Political Ideas and Practice. [REVIEW]H. K. - 1959 - Review of Metaphysics 13 (1):185-185.


Added to PP index

Total views
3 ( #1,300,652 of 2,432,829 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #464,144 of 2,432,829 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes