Annus normalis
(815 words)

1. The year 1624

For the 18th-century Protestant jurisprudents [1]; [2] who defined the two Latin terms annus normalis and annus decretorius there just one “normative year,” the year 1624, the date of record for determining the confessional status in the Holy Roman Empire defined in the Peace of Westphalia (1648). Whether various 16th-century legal provisions of the Empire can be interpreted as introducing an annus normalis[7. 39] is dubious, since it was th…

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Fuchs, Ralf-Peter, “Annus normalis”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024841>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321



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