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Imperial chancellery
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1. General background

From a clerical and documentary bureau, the chancellery of the kings and emperors of the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation) developed over the course of the late Middle Ages into a highly important political institution in the context of the emergence of the administrative apparatus at the ruler’s court (cf. Local authority). We can observe a growing sophistication of procedures and the employment of secular chancellery staff …

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Auer, Leopold, “Imperial chancellery”, 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 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026372>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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