Maritime Conflict Management in Atlantic Europe, 1200-1600


Piracy has returned to the list of urgent problems facing Europe in the last decade. Global shipping has literally been held hostage to bands of pirates around the Horn of Africa and the waters of West-Africa. Yet prosecuting piracy is complicated by overlapping jurisdictions and complicated mechanisms for enforcing international law. What can we learn from how maritime conflicts were managed in the past?
Maritime Conflict Management (MCM) comprises of conflict enforcement (naval warfare, privateering, piracy and blockades), conflict resolution (formal judicial and administrative procedures and informal or private means) and conflict avoidance (negotiations). What significance did MCM have in shaping the standards of diplomacy and international law in pre-modern Atlantic Europe (1200-1600)?
The goal of this program is to create an international platform for the study of the methodological problems linked to an analysis of the various manifestations of MCM in pre-modern Atlantic Europe. Attention will be given primarily to the ways in which MCM changes and adapts when existing traditions collide with new political and economic realities. Set against the background of changing political and commercial settings, the central questions of this program revolve around the necessity of commercial interdependence on the one hand and the shifts in the interests of states, regions, and towns on the other. The study of these dynamics will clarify the continuities and changes in MCM along Europe’s Atlantic coast. The ways in which Atlantic MCM was similar – or not – to both Mediterranean and Baltic conflict management is a key element.


Wetenschappelijk artikel

  • L. Jean-Marie(2010): Close relations? Some examples of trade links between England and the towns and ports of Lower Normandy in the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries Anglo-Norman studies : proceedings of the Battle conference pp. 96 - 113 ISSN: 0954-9927.
  • L. Jean-Marie(2011): La coutume de la prévôté de Caen Histoire urbaine pp. 147 - 179 ISSN: 1628-0482.
  • L. Jean-Marie(2014): Un espace de prélèvement des coutumes sur le commerce Le Moyen Age pp. 95 - 122 ISSN: 0027-2841.
  • J. van Duijl(2017): Gevangen in het handelsnetwerk van de Hanze Tijdschrift voor Zeegeschiedenis pp. 3 - 19 ISSN: 0167-9988.
  • T. Allain(2017): International treaties versus 'bonne prise' Comparative Legal History pp. 162 - 176 ISSN: 2049-677X.
  • J. Wink, L.H.J. Sicking(2017): Reprisal and diplomacy: conflict resolution within the context of Anglo-Dutch commercial relations c1300-c1415 Comparative Legal History pp. 53 - 71 ISSN: 2049-677X.
  • K. Heebøll-Holm(2017): Law, Order and Plunder at Sea Continuity and change: a journal of social structure, law and demography in past societies pp. 37 - 58 ISSN: 0268-4160.
  • J. van Duijl(2017): 'Duedt secretlix’ Overijsselse historische bijdragen: verslagen en mededelingen van de Vereeniging tot Beoefening van Overijsselsch Regt en Geschiedenis. pp. 53 - 76 ISSN: 0165-6465.
  • S. Go(2017): On governance structures and maritime conflict resolution in early modern Amsterdam Comparative Legal History pp. 107 - 124 ISSN: 2049-677X.
  • I.P. Grohse(2017): Between royal orbits: jurisdiction in the Northern British Isles ca 1100-1360 Comparative Legal History pp. 16 - 35 ISSN: 2049-677X.
  • S. Musa(2017): Victims of maritime conflict, compensation claims and the role of the admiralty court in the early modern period Comparative Legal History pp. 125 - 141 ISSN: 2049-677X.
  • H. Van Nieuwenhuize(2017): Prize law, international diplomacy and the treatment of foreign prizes in the seventeenth century: a case study Comparative Legal History pp. 142 - 161 ISSN: 2049-677X.
  • F. Miranda(2017): Conflict management in western Europe Continuity and change: a journal of social structure, law and demography in past societies pp. 11 - 36 ISSN: 0268-4160.
  • V. Olcina Pita(2017): Commercial litigation across religious borders Comparative Legal History pp. 88 - 106 ISSN: 2049-677X.
  • D. Penna(2017): Piracy and reprisal in Byzantine waters Comparative Legal History pp. 36 - 52 ISSN: 2049-677X.
  • L.H.J. Sicking(2017): Introduction: maritime conflict management, diplomacy and international law, 1100-1800 Comparative Legal History pp. 2 - 15 ISSN: 2049-677X.
  • J. Añíbarro-Rodriguez(2017): Merchants ambushed in foreign lands in the Late Middle Ages Comparative Legal History pp. 72 - 87 ISSN: 2049-677X.

Hoofdstuk in boek

  • L. Jean-Marie, A.M. Flambard-Héricher, M. Arnoux(2010): La Normandie dans l‘économie européenne. Colloque international du Centre Culturel international de Cerisy-la-Salle, 4 au 8 octobre 2006, Caen pp. 81 - 98 , Caen
  • L. Jean-Marie, M. Bochaca, J.A. Solórzano Telechea, A. Aguiar Andrade(2012): Gentes de mar en la ciudad atlántica medieval pp. 63 - 82 , Logroño
  • J.A. Solórzano Telechea, M. Bochaca, B. Arízaga Bolumburu, G.M. da Silva(2016): Las sociedades portuarias de la Europa Atlántica en la Edad Media pp. 115 - 135 , Logroño
  • L. Jean-Marie, - GIS d'histoire maritime, J. Solórzano, A. Aguiar Andrade, E. Aznar, B. Arízaga, M. Bochaca, M. Kowaleski, M. Tranchant, F. Laget, M. Limberger, F. Miranda(2016): La maritimisation du monde de la Préhistoire à nos jours pp. 29 - 50 , Paris
  • P. Bauduin, L. Jean-Marie, D. Bates(2016): 911-2011. Penser les mondes normands médiévaux. Actes du colloque de Cerisy-la-Salle (29 septembre-2 octobre 2011) publiés sous la direction de David Bates et Pierre Bauduin. pp. 475 - 492 , Caen
  • L.H.J. Sicking, C. Buchet(2017): The sea in history: the early modern world pp. 455 - 465 , Suffolk
  • J. Wubs-Mrozewicz, A. Aguiar Andrade, M.M. Krom, F. Miranda, W.P. Blockmans(2017): The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Trade Around Europe, 1300-1600: Commercial Networks and Urban Autonomy pp. 333 - 351 , Abingdon / New York
  • W.P. Blockmans, J. Wubs-Mrozewicz, L.H.J. Sicking, A. Neele, M. Krom(2017): Routledge Handbook of Maritime Networks, 1300-1600 pp. 366 - 382 , Abingdon/New York
  • P. Delsalle, G. Docquier, B. Schnerb, L.H.J. Sicking, A. Marchandisse(2017): Pour la singulière affection qu'avons à luy: études offertes à Jean‐Marie Cauchies pp. 405 - 416 , Turnhout

Boek of monografie

  • L.H.J. Sicking(2017): El almirantazgo y la armada de los Países Bajos durante los reinados de Felipe I y Carlos V pp. 750 , Santander






Prof. dr. L.H.J. Sicking

Verbonden aan

Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden University Institute for History


01/09/2016 tot 31/08/2019