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This chapter provides concluding comments on the Louvain privileges of nomination to ecclesiastical benefices. A first dichotomy underpinning Frangipani's letter separates ("futile") interests and a poorly defined academic role in Society. A Roman diplomat, the Italian had vented his scepticism about academic jurisdiction in the first place, but his question marks can easily be extrapolated to the privileges of nomination. Benefices, in this view, were part of the so-called "structures of science" that supported, but did not affect, an inner core of learning and/or religious beliefs. The second dichotomy in Frangipani's letter to Sandrino demarcates the "imagines" of the university's delegates, which were to take or to leave, from what they really stand for. If structure can be understood as a chain of silent actors, benefices, as part of religious and academic infra-structure, can be expected to have gone into hiding even more than academics themselves.

Keywords: academic jurisdiction; benefices; Frangipani; Louvain privileges



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