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Reichskammergericht
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1. Definition and history

Alongside the Reichshofrat, the Reichskammergericht was one of the two highest courts of law in the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation) in the early modern period.

Together with what became known as the Ewiger Landfriede (Perpetual Peace; King’s peace), the Reichskammergericht is regarded as the most important and lasting outcome of the Imperial Reform undertaken at the turn of the 16th century. At the Diet of Worms (Reichstag zu Worms) …

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Ortlieb, Eva, “Reichskammergericht”, 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 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026383>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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