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1. Introduction

Mores originally meant traditional and locally limited ways of life, behavior, and conventional attitudes that were unquestioningly accepted as binding [8. 864]. If we understand mores to that extent as factual conditions, they are subject especially to the influence of religious moral conceptions. The normative character of mores in the early modern period resulted in a fluid boundary with customary law and thus also with enforceable, unwritten law. State l…

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Eisfeld, Jens, “Mores”, 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 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027552>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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