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Oath of truce
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Medieval legal sources occasionally designate an oath of truce (German Urfehde) with the Latin terms caucio or confirmatio (a “guarantee” or “promise” under oath). In the Lexicon juridicum (1721) of Samuel Oberländers, a late contemporary of oaths of truce, describes them as “a kind of guarantee [Caution]” or an “assurance under oath” [3. 724 f.], with which the person swearing the oath of truce forewent vengeance or, originally, the further conduct of a feud. Modern scholars underst…

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Blauert, Andreas, “Oath of truce”, 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 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029415>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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