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The Residenzstadt, a city or town with the seat of a reigning prince, came into being with the transition in the 15th century from medieval itinerant rule to princely exercise of authority from (at first) a few fixed sites, and (later on) a single central site. In many cases, the prince initially had to impose his control over the town as a residence by force (e.g. Berlin and Vienna, late 15th and early 16th centuries), but we also frequently see a gradual process of subjection (Dresden, Munich). The territorial sovereign (Territorial sovereignty [Holy Roman Empire]) thus secured a s…

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Keller, Katrin, “Residenzstadt”, 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 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026644>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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