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An oath is understood to be the invocation of God as witness to the veracity of a statement or promise. Oaths link the legal and religious orders and, as an ethnological phenomenon, are one of the fundamental legal and religious practices of the ancient European world down to the fall of the ancien régime. An oath always consists of speech and gesture. The formula o…

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Luminati, Michele, “Oath”, 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 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018590>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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