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The plural term “memoirs” adopted into all European cultural languages and derived from the Latin memoria and the French mémoire (“memory,” “remembrance”) meant, like its Latin counterparts commentarii (“[legal] record”) and adversaria (“[journal recording] what is before one's eyes”), a juristic, official, or diplomatic record describing the prior history and problem cont…

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Walther, Gerrit, “Memoirs”, 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 27 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023925>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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