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This treaty between Novgorod and the Hanseatic League was negotiated by envoys of Riga, Dorpat, Reval, and Lübeck and concluded 16 July 1436. It deals primarily with issues of legal jurisdiction.



SOURCE: “A Treaty of Novgorod with the Hanseatic Towns.” In Vernadsky, George, ed. A Source Book for Russian History From Early Times to 1917,vol. 1, Early Times to the Late Seventeenth Century. New Haven and London: Yale U. Press, 1972. pp. 76-77.
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The German envoys came to Novgorod the Great.... There also came envoys from Riga, Iur'ev [Dorpat], Kolyvan [Reval], and Lübeck, from seventy-three towns on this seacoast and beyond the sea, and from all the merchantry. And the German enjoys... concluded an agreement with the Novgorod posadnik Boris Iur'evich, and with the Novgorod tysiatskii Feodor Iakovlevich, and with the merchant elders, for all of Novgorod, to the effect that German merchants shall have free passage to come to Novgorod the Great and to leave, by water and by land, in accordance with the old oaths sworn upon the cross, and in accordance with this treaty and by this agreement, without any deceit. Likewise did the German envoys... conclude an agreement with the Novgorod posadnik Boris Iur'evich, and with the Novgorod tysiatskii Fedor Iakovlevich, and with the merchant elders Aleksandr and Efrem, and all the merchants' sons, and all of Novgorod the Great, for all the seventy-three towns and for all the merchantry, to the effect that the people of Novgorod shoulod have free passage to travel to the German land and to the German towns, by land and by water, to come and go with their goods, in accordance with the old treaties and in accordance with the old oaths sworn upon the cross, and in accordance with this treaty and by this agree-



ment, without any deceit. And the German merchants shall trade with the merchants of Novgorod in Novgorod the Great or on the Neva, in accordance with the old oaths sworn upon the cross and in accordance with this treaty and by this agreement, without any deceit. The people of Novgorod shall give legal protection to the Germans as to their brother Novgorodians, and the Germans shall give legal protection to the people of Novgorod as to their brother Germans. And Novgorod the Great shall render justice to Germans who make complaint, in accordance with the old treaties, and in accordance with the old oaths sworn upon the cross, and in accordance with this treaty and by this agreement, without deceit. Likewise shall the Germans render justice to the people of Novgorod who make compaint, in accordance with the old treaties and in accordance with the old oaths sworn upon the cross, and in accordance with this treaty and by this agreement, without any deceit, on either side.... And if any Russian is on the German blacklist, he shall be taken off the blacklist and traded with as before. And as for the people of Novgorod who were under arrest in the German settlement, or who were themselves detaining Germans, the Germans shall not sue the people of Novgorod for this but shall trade with them as before. To all of this the Novgorod posadnik Boris Iur'evich, and the Novgorod tysiatskii Fedor Iakovlevich, and the merchant elders Aleksandr Matveevich and Efrem Iakovlevich have agreed, for all their towns and for their entire land, and have affixed their seals. Likewise have the German envoys... agreed for the seventy-three towns and for their entire land, and affixed their seals to this treaty.