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1. Terminological history and definition

In ancient Italy, the Clientele (Latin clientela) was a legal institution founded on the subjection of clients (clientes) and their adoption by the patron (patronus). Clients were incorporated into the clan (gens) of the patron and were in a voluntary relationship of subordination based on loyalty and oath. They were obligated to fealty, in return for…

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Thiessen, Hillard von, “Clientele”, 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 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022302>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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