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(Imperial Diet). As a constitutive institution of the Holy Roman Empire in the early modern period, the Reichstag emerged in the context of imperial reform in the late 15th century from an amalgamation of two medieval precursors: the Hoftag or court council, at which the rulers took counsel with the great lords concerning the most important matters affecting the Empire, and the Königsloser Tag, a diet without the ruler, held during a vacancy or in opposition. The special status of the prince-electors, a product of their special responsibility…

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Kohnle, Armin, “Reichstag”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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