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Patronage (ecclesiastical law)
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1. Introduction

Patronage or the law of patronage under ecclesiastical law describes the sum of the rights and duties held by a natural or legal person at a church or an ecclesiastical benefice. Ecclesiastical patronage was widespread across all Europe since the Middle Ages.

Patronage in ecclesiastical law was developed in the 12th and 13th centuries in order to curtail the power of laymen over ecclesiastical property and offices by virtue of the widespread medieval…

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Birr, Christiane, “Patronage (ecclesiastical law)”, 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 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025357>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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