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The paragium (neo-Latin; more correctly: partagium ) is a settlement for later sons of ruling or noble houses and their descendants. The severance payment includes “land and people”, ie property and subordinate sovereign rights, but not full sovereignty. This practice was particularly widespread in the early modern period and should not be confused with appanage , the allocation of funds, pensions or income from real estate.

A paraged prince or separated lord was a later-born prince or lord with a paragium. The family and descendants of such a gentleman are referred to as the paragiate line.

Well-known examples are or were the divided gentlemen in Schleswig-Holstein, the Landgraviate of Hessen-Rotenburg , the County of Waldeck-Bergheim and the Lordship of Itter in today's Hesse and Reuss-Köstritz in Thuringia .

See also


  • paragium . In: Heidelberg Academy of Sciences (Hrsg.): German legal dictionary . tape 10 , issue 3/4 (edited by Heino Speer and others). Hermann Böhlaus successor, Weimar 1998, ISBN 3-7400-0985-3 ( ).
  • Paragium . In: Brockhaus' Kleines Konversations-Lexikon . 5th edition. Volume 2, F. A. Brockhaus, Leipzig 1911, p.  352 .
  • Yo. Schilteri De paragio et apanagio Succincta Expositio. Itemque de feudis iuris Francici dissertatio , Strasbourg 1701 (the author translates Paragium as “inheritance or inheritance portion” (accordingly, the beneficiaries were “divided gentlemen”), “Apanagium”, however, as “compensation”). ( Digitized version )


  1. In the General Teutsche Juristic Lexicon from 1738 it says: "Division of princely brothers, so less than the first bored, Paragium" (Thomas Hayme: General Teutsches Juristisches Lexicon, in which all common rights in Germany ... are dealt with , Joh. Friedrich Gleditschens bl. Sohn, Leipzig 1738, p. 3 ( digitized version )).