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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Investiture

Meaning of Investiture

Formerly a ceremony that was part of the grant of land whereby the grantee was given possession of the same in the presence of witnesses. In ecclesiastical law , one of the formalities by which the election of a bishop is confirmed by the archbishop .

Investiture Alternative Definition

The act of giving possession of lands by actual seisin. When livery of seisin was made to a person by the common law, he was invested with the whole fee. This the foreign feudists, and sometimes our own law writers, call “investiture”; but, generally speaking, it is termed by the common-law writers the “seisin of the fee.” 2 Bl. Comm. 209, 313; Feme, Cent. Rem. 223. note (z). By the canon law, investiture was made per baculum et annulum, by the ring and crosier, which were regarded as symbols of the Episcopal jurisdiction. Ecclesiastical and secular fiefs were governed by the same rule in this respect, that previously to investiture neither a bishop, abbot, or lay lord could take possession of a fief conferred upon them by the prince. Pope Gregory VI. first disputed the right of sovereigns to give investiture of ecclesiastical fiefs, A. D. 1045; but Pope Gregory VII. carried on the dispute with much more vigor, A. D. 1073. He excommunicated the emperor Henry IV. The popes Victor III., Urban II., and Paul II. continued the contest. This dispute, it is said, cost Christendom sixty-three battles, and the lives of many millions of men.

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Investiture in Historical Law

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Homage, Institution, Seisin.


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Concept of Investiture

An introductory definition of investiture in relation to the European Union law and policies is available here: The process of approval by the European Parliament of the president of the Commission and the college of commissioners.


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