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Toleration, edict of
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1. Definition

In scholarly usage, the term edict of toleration denotes a series of early modern decrees regarding religious policy issued by a particular government (Sovereign power) to regulate the toleration of religious minorities and their status within a body politic. Examples include the Edict of Nantes (1598; Huguenots), the letters of majesty of Emperor Rudolf II for Bohemia and Silesia (1609), the edict on religion of Tsarina Catherine the Great of Rus…

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Niggemann, Ulrich, “Toleration, edict of”, 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 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028952>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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