prince (lat. princeps = first, English of it. and. franz. prince) is the hierarchical correct of the aristocracy system in the old person realm the highest title, under which also dukes and land counts were included. Etymologisch is the German Word prince with that English. the roofridge = “(those,) first” related.

In the Frankish kingdoms and in the holy Roman realm of German nation princes the national gentlemen were later after the king and/or. Emperor, i.e. royal office-holders with partlyhereditary sovereignty over a lay and if necessary. also church rule range.

Among the prince conditions (realm prince) ranked in the late Middle Ages dukes, land, Mark and Pfalzgrafen. Religious prince archbishops, bishops and some abbotts were called. In the high Middle Ages selectedthe princes the king, later this right the seven cure princes was reserved.

With the end of the old person of realm many German princes became sovereigns rulers of their country. The others, whose territory came under the rule of another state, kept thatPrince title as honour descriptor.

A German characteristic is the name prince or princess for the children of the prince, therefore agitates described above the frequent case of translation of prince in prince.

Today still the small states become Monaco and Liechtenstein of in EuropePrinces governs; in Luxembourg the fürstliche regent calls itself Grand Duke.

see also

Wiktionary: Prince - word origin, synonyms and translations


  • Niccolo Machiavelli: The prince. Island publishing house, Stuttgart 2001, ISBN 3458344721

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