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capitulary

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A Carolingian legal document recording administrative procedures or legislation enacted at the annual assembly. Charlemagne issued three types of capitularies: capitula missorum,...

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Curtius Rufus, Quintus

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

Rhetorician and historian, wrote during the 1st or early 2nd cent. ad (under Claudius remains the preferred choice). His ten-book history of Alexander the Great goes as far as the satrapy...

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elections and voting

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Greek

In the Greek states voting was used in councils, assemblies, and lawcourts; appointments were made by election or by allotment (see sortition) or sometimes by a combination...

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Forchheim

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(palace) Located in Upper Franconia on the Regnitz river and first mentioned in 805, Forchheim became a royal palace in the 9th century. It hosted royal assemblies in the late ...

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Hywel Dda, laws of

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

The native customary laws of medieval Wales whose reform and codification were ascribed to the Welsh king Hywel Dda (Hywel ‘the Good’) (d. 950). By far the most important sources ...

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Municipal Administration

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Was inherited by the late Roman Empire from antiquity, but by the 4th C., imperial administration came to predominate, and civic self-government was restricted to small hereditary...

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Nihil novi and its predecessors

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Series of royal decrees establishing noble power in Poland. In the 1350s King Casimir the Great recognized the nobility’s right to be consulted as a corporate group. His successor, Louis ...

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Nuremberg

Overview page. Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

A city in southern Germany, in Bavaria, which in the 15th and 16th centuries was a leading cultural centre and was the home of Albrecht Dürer and Hans Sachs. After the Second World War the...

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Olympias

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

Daughter of Neoptolemus of Molossia, married Philip II of Macedon (c.357 bc) and bore him two children, Alexander (2) the Great and Cleopatra. Her husband's last marriage (to Cleopatra,...

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polis

Overview page. Subjects: Classical Studies.

Ancient Greek city (πóλιζ) or citystate. It is commonly found combined with other words as a nickname for a town, e.g. Linenopolis for C19 Belfast, and with prefixes such as metro- it means...

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