Medieval Glossary

Ward (Feudalism)

If the death of a vassal left only a minor child to inherit a fief, than the lord took possession of the land and the child became a ward under his guardianship until reaching the age of majority.

Also used in terms of castles. Click here to learn more.

Related term(s): Vassal; Fief; Lord; Feudal Tenure; Feudal Tenant; Feudal Obligation
Category: Feudalism
Added: 12.03.04
Last modified: 12.31.04
Source information: Roberts, Clayton and Roberts, David. A History of England, Third Edition. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1998. 77.

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