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Electoral monarchy
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1. Introduction and Holy Roman Empire

The European monarchies of the Late Middle Ages and early modern period included not only the great hereditary kingdoms, such as France and England/Great Britain (see below, 2), and Castile, but also many electoral monarchies. Here, the crown was assigned by a vote of either a small circle of ecclesiastical and secular dignitaries, or the estates of the realm as a whole, or sometimes the entire nobility.

Without doubt, the most important elect…

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Asch, Ronald G., “Electoral monarchy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029945>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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