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Hagestolz
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1. The term

The etymology of the word Hagestolz is not clear; the elements hag (OHG, MHG: “fenced parcel of land”) and staldan (Gothic: “possess”) can be reconstructed, but any further statement about the word’s meaning in a historical context is speculative.

In the late Midde Ages and early modern period, unmarried men and women (but also children) in the German-speaking lands were called Hagestolz/Hagestolzin if at death all or part of their estate was claimed by feudal, judicial, …

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Törpsch, Silke, “Hagestolz”, 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 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020566>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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