Statute of Praemunire

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The Statute of Praemunire[1]
Long title Recital that the remedy to recover presentations is in the King's court . . . Praemunire for purchasing translations bulls or any other instrument from Rome or elsewhere[2]
Citation 16 Ric 2 c 5
Status: Repealed

The Statute of Praemunire (16 Ric 2 c 5) was an Act of the Parliament of England enacted in 1393, during the reign of Richard II. Its intention was to limit the powers of the papacy in England. The word praemunire originally referred to the writ of summons issued against a person accused under this and similar statutes; and later came to mean offences against the statutes.

The whole Chapter was repealed by section 13 of, and Part I of Schedule 4 to, the Criminal Law Act 1967 (this repeal extending to Northern Ireland).

The whole of 16 Ric 2, of which this chapter was part, was repealed for the Republic of Ireland by section 1 of, and Part 2 of the Schedule to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1983.

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  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title was authorised by section 5 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1948. Due to the repeal of those provisions, it is now authorised by section 19(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978.
  2. ^ These words are printed against this Act in the second column of Schedule 2 to the Statute Law Revision Act 1948, which is headed "Title".

Further reading[edit]

  • Dahmus, J.H (1953). "Richard II and the church". Catholic Historical Review. 39: 408–33. 
  • Waugh, W.T. (1922). "The great Statute of Praemunire". English Historical Review. 37: 173–205. doi:10.1093/ehr/xxxvii.cxlvi.173. 

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