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Sede vacante
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Sede vacante (Italian, from the Latin sedis vacantia, “vacancy of the throne/office”), in relation to a high office, in general refers to the span of time during which that office is vacant, dating from the death, abdication, or dismissal of the incumbent to the successor’s installation. The term comes from canon law, where it refers particularly to the vacancy of an episcopal see and the papacy [4]. The macaronic German-Latin term Sedisvakanz began to be used in reference to the Holy Roman Empire in the 18th century.

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Sede vacante”, 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_SIM_027326>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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