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Indulgences
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Modern historical consciousness almost always assigns a negative connotation to the term “indulgence” (Lat. indulgentia), at least outside of its specifically Catholic usage. The fundamental critique of indulgences undertaken in the Reformation from 1517 on has had the long-term effect of installing it as an exemplary index of grave moral decline in the late-…

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Winterhager, Wilhelm Ernst, “Indulgences”, 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 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016540>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915



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