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In the first centuries of the early modern period, the statutory offense of robbery (from Latin rapina) underwent continual alteration due to social change and legal delimitation. Based on the “eternal king’s peace” of 1495, which proscribed certain previously recognized methods of seizing property, Article 126 of the Constitutio Criminalis Carolina of 1532 prescribed death by the sword as the punishment for robbers (Death penalty). This provision, which shaped continental European practice until well into the 18th century, did not include any descripti…

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Berg, Sebastian, “Robbery”, 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 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_026163>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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