Assize of darrein presentment

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In English law, the Assize of darrein presentment ("last presentation") was an action brought to enquire who was in fact the last patron to present a benefice to a church then vacant, of which the plaintiff complained that he was deforced or unlawfully deprived by the defendant. The action was related to the aristocratic privilege, often associated with a fee, of the right to appoint a parson to a particular parish (see further Investiture Controversy#Origins). This privilege was known as an advowson.

It was one of the so-called "petty assizes" established by the Assize of Clarendon by Henry II in 1166. Like the other two assizes, it was abolished in 1833.[1]

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  1. ^ Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.