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Ward (Title)

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

In used in the mid to late Middle Ages, a Ward was a Minor Child without Parents or Relatives, that was placed into the “Guardianship” of another (Nobility used this practice as well). Seen in Spain in conjunction with the “Infant” Title of Presumed Royalty, The Ward's “fortune” and property was cared for by The Guardian until he (or she in some cases) – reach the “Age of Majority”. This could be 16 or 18 years of age. In some cases, marriages were “arranged” for The Ward by his Guardian. A similar Title and and it's administration - still exists in some forms in many Legal Systems throughout The World.