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Territorial law
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The German term Landrecht (territorial law) and its compounds (e.g. Landrechtreformation) denoted legal sources of variegated content from the late Middle Ages onwards, and and continued to do so until even after 1800. The term dated back to the medieval legal system, which was composed of isolated legal fields (Rechtskreise, “legal circles”) applicable to groups of persons or lordships, such as feudal law for specific (generally noble) loan and authority conditions, Hofrecht (court law; Weistum) for legal relationships in manorialism, municipal law for legal relatio…

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Brauneder, Wilhelm, “Territorial law”, 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 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_023075>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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