|1.||The act or ceremony of investing, or the state of being invested, as with an office; a giving possession; also, the right of so investing.|
|2.||(Feudal Law) Livery of seizin.|
|3.||That with which anyone is invested or clothed; investment; clothing; covering.|
|Noun||1.||investiture - the ceremony of installing a new monarch|
|2.||investiture - the ceremonial act of clothing someone in the insignia of an office; the formal promotion of a person to an office or rank|
INVESTITURE, estates. 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. Com. 209, 313; Feame on Rem. 223,
2. 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, abbey or lay lord could take possession of a fief. conferred upon them previously to investiture by the prince.
3. 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. De Pradt.