The anecdote relates a small, graphic, not always historically verifiable event in compressed form, pointedly sharpened as an existentially meaningful incident of special significance. It is categorized with the simple form of the memorabile (Denkwürdigen), on the historical borderline between facticity and fiction (Fictionality), orality and literacy. Various attempts at internal differentiation have been made, for example between a chara…
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy.
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