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During the Middle Ages a fixed circle of princes emerged in the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation) that elected the German king, who could then be crowned emperor by the pope. In the early modern period, the elected king was already considered emperor. While scholars dispute the origins of the electoral college, by 1257 there was a clear group of seven princes; this group designated itself a college in 1…

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Härter, Karl, “Elector”, 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 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022942>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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