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The word almanack comes originally from Arabic; the term was already in use as a synonym for calendar in the 13th century. The first printed almanacks were chronological tables laying out the course of the year and astronomical data. Since the 16th century, didactic and entertaining texts came increasingly to be included. In the Baroque period, the almanack or calender developed into the form it still has today. In English and the Romance languages, an almanack has always been understood as a kind of popular ca…

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Mix, York-Gothart, “Almanack”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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