Ban of the empire

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(German Hist.) an imperial interdict by which political rights and privileges, as those of a prince, city, or district, were taken away.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The diet possesses the general power of legislating for the empire; of making war and peace; contracting alliances; assessing quotas of troops and money; constructing fortresses; regulating coin; admitting new members; and subjecting disobedient members to the ban of the empire, by which the party is degraded from his sovereign rights and his possessions forfeited.
The consequence was that the city was put under the ban of the empire, and the Duke of Bavaria, though director of another circle, obtained an appointment to enforce it.
Charles took the initiative in July 1546 by outlawing two of the leading members of the Schmalkaldic League of German Protestant princes, Philip of Hesse (whose bigamous marriage had already caused embarrassment to Luther) and the Elector of Saxony, John Frederick, and placing them under the Ban of the Empire. Supporting Maurice, a rival claimant to the Saxon territories Charles' outnumbered German forces had to face a pre-emptive strike from the forces of the Schmalkaldic League, who were in a strong strategic position at the beginning of 1547 to block, via their control of the Danube and incursions into the Tyrol, the papal reinforcements that the emperor's troops were awaiting from Italy.