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The Reichshofrat (Imperial Aulic Council) was a council of the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation), responsible for imperial fiefdoms, pardons, and legal affairs. In particular, it served alongside the Reichskammergericht as a second supreme court of law in the Empire.

The Reichshofrat was the culmination of a long process of administrative modernization at the court of the emperor covering the first half of …

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Ortlieb, Eva, “Reichshofrat”, 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 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026376>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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