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Provisors, statute of

Provisors, statute of, 1351. The papal practice of appointing to benefices (provisions), or granting reversions, was much resented, particularly since many of the clerics were foreign. Edward III was anxious to assert his own rights against both cathedral chapters and papacy. The Parliament of 1351 legislated against the practice (25 Edw. III s. 4), declaring the nominations invalid, and the restrictions were repeated and strengthened by a second Act in 1390. But Richard II, who needed papal support, reached a concordat with the papacy in 1398 which conceded much of the ground gained.

J. A. Cannon

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