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Territorial sovereignty (Holy Roman Empire)
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1. Definition

Territorial sovereignty (German Landesherrschaft) may be defined as the early modern precursor to modern state authority. The term denotes the form of authority that the Imperial estates (Reichsstände) sought to establish, beginning in the late Middle Ages, in their capacity as “territorial lords” (Landesherren) over a territory (and its populace) under their control. Accordingly, territorial authority ma…

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Simon, Thomas, “Territorial sovereignty (Holy Roman Empire)”, 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 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023031>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831



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