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1. General

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 offi…

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Schlinker, Steffen, “Benefice”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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