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1. Concept and principles

Love is one of the most complex historical concepts, deeply rooted in both philosophy and the history of religion. Throughout the course of European history, love connoted key relationships in the exercise of power and in the interpersonal sphere. Until the 18th century, love for God and the love of God formed the constitutive and legimatory reference po…

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Jarzebowski, Claudia, “Love”, 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 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023397>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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