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Court official
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1. Definition

The early modern royal court comprised the household of the ruling prince. Those in its employ had to keep the household running and supply the prince’s personal needs [11]; each was responsible for various tasks within the royal household. Four of the most important court officials have both Roman and Germanic origins: the steward (also called the seneschal) was in charge of court supplies and oversaw court administration and staff; the chamberlain was responsible for …

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Pečar, Andreas, “Court official”, 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 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021041>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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