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Military pastoral care
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In the early modern period, army personnel were assisted in the exercise of their religion by clergy with diverse ties to the military. While military pastoral care for Catholics in the early centuries of the period was generally provided by members of religious orders, field preachers attached to the relevant territorial church (Landeskirche) increasingly served the Protestant side. As standing armies formed, territorial rulers tended to institutionalize their military religious services [4]. Military pastoral care comprised divine worship, the administra…

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Strauß, Angela, “Military pastoral care”, 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 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024098>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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