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Regency, Régence
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1. Concept

A regency (French régence) in general denotes the government of a country by a regent in the absence or minority of the sovereign. The term is also applied to epochs in European cultural history, especially the early 18th-century Régence in France and the Regency period in Britain in the early 19th century.

2. Régence (France)

Historically speaking, the Régence is the period between the death of King Louis XIV (1715) and the declaration of the majorit…

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Knopp, Katrin Simona, “Regency, Régence”, 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 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026316>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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