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Order of precedence
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In the late Middle Ages and at the beginning of the early modern period, having a seat (Latin sessio) in a political assembly meant the right to a political voice in the literal sense (“seat and vote”). In all political assemblies, as a rule a hierarchical seating arrangement was observed with the current institutional head at its center. The closer to this center, the better the seat; the right side (from his perspective) was in turn superior to the left. This held true for sessions of councils (Council [ecclesiastical])[3], chapters of orders (Order [association]), assemblies of est…

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Stollberg-Rilinger, Barbara, “Order of precedence”, 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 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_027449>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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