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The Jewels Among Academic Privileges. The Louvain Privileges Of Nomination To Ecclesiastical Benefices

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In this chapter, it becomes clear that the Louvain privileges of nomination were remarkably fit to meet the legal and practical difficulties nominees could expect in the Low Countries. In 1483, in the bull Urget Nos, Pope Sixtus IV had granted the Louvain rector the right to appoint poor clerics of the university to (lower) ecclesiastical benefices in the Burgundian Low Countries. During the reign of the Archdukes, at least 779 letters of nomination were issued by the respective nomination boards of the university and of the Venerable Faculty of Arts. The chapter addresses a few jurisdictional questions before trailing the fabric of academic interests and Catholic confessionalisation at Louvain in the archducal period. The Louvain privileges of nomination provided their beneficiaries with a niche that resembled the one occupied by an archbishop such as Matthias Hovius within the boundaries of his diocese.

Keywords: academic nomination; ecclesiastical benefices; Louvain privileges

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