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Secularization (legal)
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1. Introduction

Detached from its canon-law origins, in which the Neo-Latin saecularisatio (from the Latin saecularis, “of this age”, “worldly,” “pagan”) meant the transition from a cleric in a religious order to a priest working in the world at large [5. 15], the legal concept of secularization denotes the confiscation of ecclesiastical rights by a secular power. It implies at least the deconsecration and expropriation of church property, from the Carolingians’ appropriation…

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Hufeld, Ulrich, “Secularization (legal)”, 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 09 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026903>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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