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Recursus ab abusu
(415 words)

[German Version]

(appel comme d’abus) is an appeal of civil authorities against an abuse of power by an ecclesiastical authority transgressing the boundaries drawn by civil law; it was thus (along with the placet) a particularly effective instrument of secular supremacy. It achieved its distinctive form in France in 1539, when it served primarily as a defense against encroachments on Gallican liberties (Gallicanism). The French model also inspired its use in Spain and the Netherlands. Initially legal title was vested in royal church advocacy (Church advocate). The recursus came in…

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Link, Christoph, “Recursus ab abusu”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024862>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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