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Crown land
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1. Definition

The term “crown land” (French, demesne de la couronne, domaine de la couronne; also known in English as “royal demesne”) in the kingdoms of medieval and early modern Europe designates the material possessions of the crown. Specifically, the term refers to the landed property (land ownership) from which the crown drew its income (at least in part). More broadly, as illustrated particularly …

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Babel, Rainer, “Crown land”, 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 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022817>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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