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Westphalia, territory of the Germanic tribe of Westphalians, the western part of the area settled by the Saxons. Former duchy, Napoleonic vassal kingdom, and Prussian province (Prussia). Currently the northeastern part of the German federal state of Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia) as well as a Protestant regional church (Evangelical Church in Westphalia).

From north to south, Westphalia encompasses the regions of East Westphalia, Münsterland, the eastern part of the Ruhr area, Sauerland, and Siegen-Wittgenstein. The d…

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Rasch, Christian Willm, “Westphalia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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