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Parliament
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1. Terminology

Before the early modern period, the term parliament (medieval Latin parlamentum, from French parler or Italian parlare, “speak”) was in common use, but its meaning is hard to pin down. In the Middle Ages it could refer to a multiplicity of diverse assemblies convened to debate political and legal issues, with substantial regional differences. In the narrower sense, parliament was used to denote the regular conversations…

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Kampmann, Christoph, “Parliament”, 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 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025277>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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