Count Palatine

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Count Palatine

 

in the Frankish kingdom, a royal court official who presided over the palace court of law. Under the Carolingians, he held a high position and his court was made separate from the royal court. In Germany from the ninth to the 11th century, the count palatine, just like the district count, was formally deemed a royal official. In time, he became a propertied prince. The Rhenish count palatine, or prince of Pfalz, held a particularly high position. The title of count palatine was abolished in 1806.

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Although parallels between Serrier's text and those of his French predecessors are indicated by various symbols, greater attention to Palsgrave and consideration of his contemporary Charles Maupas would have enriched the edition.
Gabriele Stein, John Palsgrave as Renaissance Linguist, Oxford Studies in Lexicography and Lexicology (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997).
The OED gives its earliest instances from Palsgrave (1530) and Spenser (1590); the Helsinki Corpus has two from Ascham's Scholemaster (c.