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1. Concept and history of the office

Nuncio (Latin, “emissary”) was the usual early modern term for a diplomatic representative of the papacy abroad (Diplomacy; Ambassador).

An early modern papal diplomatic corps developed in the 16th century on the basis of late antique and medieval precursors. As well as the older nunciatures (at the Imperial court and in France, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Venice, and Naples), which were already active around 15…

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Koller, Alexander, “Nuncio”, 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 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024876>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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