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House laws
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House laws were rules that aristocratic families - in Germany, originally families belonging to the imperial estates -  applied autonomously to themselves on account of the corporate character of the family (Ganzes Haus), which in the early modern period was regarded as a product of their right to issue legislation. House rules governed questions of family and inheritance law and consequently also government and succession (Throne, succession to). Under constitutional states of the 19th century, they generally were part of constitutional law and in at least some cases were …

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Kalwoda, Johannes, “House laws”, 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 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_020709>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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