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1. Definition and origin

In the modern era, the chancellery was the executive organ that carried out the will of a prince or a municipal government (Council [administrative]); it represented the highest central institution for the government of a body politic and until the separation of the executive and the judiciary in the late 18th century, the highest judicial office. The staffing of a chancellery depended on the size of the territory. There was an e…

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Menk, Gerhard, “Chancellery”, 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 09 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021917>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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