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Spiritual authority
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1. Prevalence since the Middle Ages

In the early modern period, spiritual lordship in the sense of exercise of secular governmental powers by an ecclesiastical dignitary or a religious corporation was a peculiarity of the constitutional development of the Old Empire – except for the Papal States (Papacy) and anomalies like the English prince-bishopric of Durham. It was rooted primarily in the political decisions of the Ottonian and early Salian empe…

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Andermann, Kurt, “Spiritual authority”, 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 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019739>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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