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The term immunity (from Latin immunitas, originally meaning freedom from public duties, munera) generally indicates freedom from interference in a specific legal area. Persons who enjoy immunity, as well as potentially other people or objects, thereby are not subject to the authority of others (especially their norms and powers of execution). Immunity appears in a variety of contexts in the early modern period.

(a) In the Holy Roman Empire, the districts that enjoyed immunity in the Middle Ages persisted in the early modern period: if one proved able to a…

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Kohl, Gerald, “Immunity”, 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 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021275>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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