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I. History – II. Canon Law – III. Meaning in the English-speaking World

I. History

(Middle Lat.: capellanus; Ger: Kaplan), cleric at the Carolingian royal court (Carolingians) (first attested 741) with wide-ranging rights (accompanying the king on campaigns, capacity of registrar, diplomatic service, pastoral care at the capella regis); reduced after the Investiture Controversy following the papal decretal, Ad Audientiam of Alexander III, to clerical functions (r…

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Schmälzle, Udo Friedrich, May, Gerhard and Maxson, Rachel E., “Chaplain”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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