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The right to the revenues of vacant bishoprics and abbeys and to presentation to their dependent benefices claimed by the kings of Europe during the Middle Ages. The claim was denied by the Papacy and became associated with the Investiture Controversy. In England it is still enjoyed by the Crown over the temporalities of vacant sees (though the revenues are now restored untouched when the newly elected bishop does homage).

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

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