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1. Definition and significance

“Royal rights” (Latin iura regalia) in a broad sense in European monarchies comprised all sovereign rights that stemmed at their theoretical point of origin from royal or imperial power, including supreme judicial and military power, insofar as those powers were circumscribed by the competences of the Roman Catholic Church. As late as the 18th century, these core royal rights were designated regalia maiora (gr…

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Marquardt, Bernd, “Regalities”, 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 29 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026312>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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