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Prince consort
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A prince consort (German Prinzgemahl; Spanish principe consorte) is the husband of a queen regnant, the wife of a king being the queen consort, or often simply queen. This already illustrates the fact that a male ruler was the norm. Having a female ruler was exceptional, and the status of the husband of a queen regnant was invariably problematic. The institution of the prince consort developed gradually over the course of the early modern period, existing only in realms where the laws of succession permitted a woman to accede to the throne (Throne, succession to). The actual term pri…

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Kühner, Christian, “Prince consort”, 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 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025877>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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