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Corporal punishment, right of
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1. Definition

Rights of corporal punishment permit the use of physical force on certain persons with the consequence that such punishment is not considered a punishable physical assault. Various forms can be distinguished in the early modern period: on the one hand, persons viewed as possessing special authority (e.g. heads of households, teachers, master craftsmen, military superiors) received the right to inflict corporal punishment. Their auth…

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Hofer, Sibylle, “Corporal punishment, right of”, 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 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030871>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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