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Ecclesiastical law
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1. Foundations of Catholic and Protestant ecclesiastical law

The ecclesiastical law of the early modern period is characterized by the loss of the religious unity that shaped the Middle Ages. In a revolutionary departure [2. 503] following the Lutheran Reformation in 1517, alongside the law of the Roman Catholic Church, summarized in the Corpus Iuris Canonici, there now stood a different basic understanding of the r…

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Weitzel, Jürgen, Klippel, Diethelm and Synek, Eva, “Ecclesiastical law”, 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 13 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022201>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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