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A survey of the growth of new Danish towns in the period 1000-1550 is given in this chapter. At times the very existence of Ribe and Hedeby depended on long-distance trade, and the town of Schleswig, which succeeded Hedeby during the eleventh century, became a principal north European trading place. The town of Ålborg, which evolved into a market place on the Limfjord sometime in the tenth century and which developed a clearly urban character from the eleventh century, was situated at the convergence of several overland trade routes. A closer analysis of the horn and bone material found at Lund shows that not only were eleventh-century combs made by craftsmen but also that their workshops were located in the heart of the enclosed plots of land. The rapid development of urban specialization within various crafts which took place in Denmark, especially after 1350, was also crucial.

Keywords: Ålborg; Danish trade; Hedeby; late medieval craft; Lund; period 1000-1550; Ribe; Schleswig; urban specialization



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