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Placet
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[German Version]

(“it pleases”; also placetum regium, exequatur regium) is the formula expressing assent by the local prince to ecclesiastical legislation, especially papal legislation. It was both a requirement before the law could take effect in the ruler’s territory and authorization to promulgate it (Publication). First put into practice in England and in French Gallicanism, it was introduced after the 17th century in many countries of western and southern Europe. In the German Empire, initially only a few of the territorial princes e…

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Link, Christoph, “Placet”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024598>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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