One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A feudal lord having royal authority within a region of a kingdom.
- ‘The boundaries of the Palatinate varied with the political and dynastic fortunes of the Counts Palatine.’
- ‘Among the powers stemming from the various prerogatives that came with being Count Palatine was, more often than not, the ‘ius doctorandi’.’
- ‘These were the Duke of Saxony, the Margrave of Brandenburg, the King of Bavaria, the Count Palatine of the Rhine and the three archbishops of Mainz, Trier and Cologne.’
- ‘After the death of Count Palatine Henry II in 1095, a series of extra-territorial counts palatine began.’
- 1.1 A high official of the Holy Roman Empire with royal authority within his domain.
- ‘Visit Heidelberg Castle, once the residence of the Counts Palatine of the Holy Roman Empire.’
- ‘Hungary and Poland each had a Count Palatine.’
- ‘And in certain questions the Count Palatine of the Rhine, and not the King of the Romans was to speak the decisive word.’
- ‘In 1356 the Counts Palatine were made Electors of the Holy Roman Empire.’
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