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Court Preacher
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[German Version]

The senior clergymen at Protestant courts (Germany until 1919, the Netherlands, Scandinavia) bear the official title of court preacher (with distinctions of rank between court deacon, court preacher and senior court preacher, in some regions also court chaplain). Their function and the legal status of their positions stand in the tradition of the court chaplains and private confessors (Confession) who are attested as far back as the Byzantine court (Constantinople/Byzantium), and whose spiritual-theological and liturgical responsibilities were ofte…

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Köhler, Wiebke, “Court Preacher”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10001>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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