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Castle
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1. Term and concept

In the strict sense, a castle is a building belonging to a territorial lord and having a residential function while physically embodying his sovereignty. The term is also used in England of aristocratic country houses that were built on the site of a former military installation (e.g. Castle Howard). Buildings belonging to the nobility in the early modern period were generally called Hall or House in Eng…

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Laß, Heiko, “Castle”, 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 21 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027115>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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