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Although the mail in Central Europe was not an institution of the Holy Roman Empire, it was felt to be “imperial” from the outset. This was because it was the King of the Romans, Maximilian I (Holy Roman Emperor from 1508), who in 1490 – during the lifetime of his father, Emperor Friedrich III – invited the Lombard family of postal pioneers, the Tasso/de Tassis/Taxis family to Innsbruck. In the early 16th century, when the mail became a public facility, it was already receiving funding from Maximilian’s son, Duke Philip the Fair o…

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Behringer, Wolfgang, “Reichspost”, 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 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026401>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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