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Imperial knights
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1. Historical development

Imperial knights (Latin, nobilitas libera et immediata imperii) in the Holy Roman Empire were members of the lower nobility, who possessed an estate of a fixed minimum size and in particular enjoyed imperial immediacy.

Primitive forms of the imperial knighthood stretch back to the late Middle Ages and were concentrated regionally along the Rhine, in Franconia and Swabia, and in the territories close to the medieval kings. As early as…

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Pelizaeus, Ludolf, “Imperial knights”, 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 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026403>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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