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Benefice
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The benefice (Latin praebenda or beneficium) was the ecclesiastical office-related right of an incumbent member of the clergy to draw a regular income from a particular fund that was permanently dedicated to that office [2. 334 (§ I)]; [4. 188 (art. I/6]; [10. 577]. The benefice thus represented the material component of a church office. In accordance with Liber Extra of the Corpus Iuris Canonici (X,3,5,2), it was granted for the sake of, and regularly together with, the clerical office, so …

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Schlinker, Steffen, “Benefice”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025492>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907



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