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Reservatrechte (Reserved Rights in German Empire)
(187 words)

[German Version]

In the Holy Roman Empire, reserved rights were the epitome of the (historically varying) rights enjoyed by the emperor without any requirement of approval by electors and the Reichstag. Borrowing from this usage, in the 19th century Reservatsrechte were those rights of church governance, rooted in the summepiscopate of the territorial prince, that he had reserved to be exercised personally (i.e. not by church officials acting in his name). The most important were: approbation of ecclesiastical legislation passed by synods, in some cases including the right to…

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Link, Christoph, “Reservatrechte (Reserved Rights in German Empire)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024932>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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