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1. Introduction

Loyalty was a basic norm of the early modern period. It connoted openness, uprightness, and affiliation, which were demonstrated in various contexts in actions freighted with legal and symbolic character. As personal fealty to the liege lord, it supported the social and political structures of the ancien régime (Feudalism), and from the 17th century it came increasingly to be redefined in the sense of …

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Eckert, Georg, “Loyalty”, 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 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029059>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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