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A term originally used for a grant of land for life as a reward for services, in canon law it came to imply an ecclesiastical office which prescribed certain duties or conditions for the due discharge of which it provided certain revenues. Holders of parochial benefices in the C of E are known as either rectors or vicars. See also advowson.

Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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