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1. Referendary

As the etymology of the term (Latin referre, “carry back,” “report”) suggests, from the Roman imperial period through much of the 18th century a referendary (Latin referendarius, German Referendar) was an administrative civil servant who reported and explained pending processes requiring decisions to superiors, senior local authorities, or the monarch; performed functions of the chancellor or notary; and re…

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Gerber, Stefan, “Referendariat”, 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 06 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026277>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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