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Knecht
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1. Definition

The term Knecht (plural Knechte; from OHG chneht, MHG kneht; cf. Dutch knecht) originally meant a (young) man. By the 12th century at the latest, the meaning had narrowed to males in a serving or learning position – a Bäckerknecht was a journeyman baker, a Metzgerknecht a journeyman butcher (JourneymenCrafts and trades); compare also Henkersknecht (“hangman’s assistant”) and Edelknecht (“squire”). In the early modern period, however, the term referr…

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Flüchter, Antje, “Knecht”, 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 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022357>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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