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Legitimation of children
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1. Introduction

Through legitimation and adoption, children born out of wedlock could obtain the status of legitimate children. In the early modern period, legitimation was particularly common by way of subsequent marriage (Latin per matrimonium subsequens; see section 2, below) and legitimation by sovereign act (per rescriptum principis; see section 3, below). Both have their roots in Roman law, but had already been substantially i…

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Scholz-Löhnig, Cordula, “Legitimation of children”, 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 22 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023239>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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