Posted by Jessamyn on July 15, 1997 at 01:14:08:
In reply to Re: Guardianship posted by Cassia on July 14, 1997 at 18:30:59
] It was most likely a way to give Fitz a bit of income for his services as a guardian. Frequently an annunity was paid to the guardian.
Sorry, I'm going to bring up the 1600s again, but I think it's interesting to know what the history was that led up to Regency customs.
Wardship was apparently a hefty source of income in Elizabethan times. According to The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England by Kathy Lynn Emerson, "a child's guardian was entitled to the profits of a portion of that child's lands and had the right to arrange his or her marriage." So wardships were bought and sold.
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