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Messenger service
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1. Definition and origins

1.1. Development in the Middle Ages

In antiquity and the Middle Ages, messenger services transmitted news using messengers on foot or on horseback (rarely in a horse-drawn vehicle). From the late Middle Ages, they took on an increasingly organized form. Like the institution of the mail, which it predates (though it did not directly supersede it), the messenger system forms part of the history of communication. The occupation of messenger emerged in the course …

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Beyrer, Klaus, “Messenger service”, 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_017738>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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