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Pragmatic sanction

Pragmatic sanction, edict by a ruler pronouncing on an important matter of state, such as the succession. The most famous was issued by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI in 1713 (published 1718), declaring that his eldest daughter, Maria Theresa, would inherit the Austrian throne in the absence of a male heir. This resulted in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48).

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