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Imperial ban
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The imperial ban (German Acht, from Middle High German achte, “persecution”; also Bann) was a powerful judicial (Judiciary) and executive instrument of the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation) that was used primarily in important political trials. By imposing the imperial ban, the emperor or one of the supreme imperial courts that presided in his name (the Reichshofrat and Reichskammergericht) declared a member of the empire a public enemy on account of a grave violation of the law (after he had disregarded a summons) and excluded that person …

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Marquardt, Bernd, “Imperial ban”, 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 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026352>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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