The Magna Carta | Study Guide

King John

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Barons who have founded abbeys have the wardship of them when there is no abbot or prior.

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Some abbeys were established by the king and others by the barons. Abbeys were founded by giving lands to a religious order and appointing an abbot or prior to lead it. By tradition, when the position of abbot or prior was vacant, whoever established the abbey would have the wardship of it. However, John did not respect the rights of his barons in these cases and often claimed wardship when there was a vacancy at an abbey. The barons sought to stop him from this practice. It was just another way the king had of taking control of lands the barons felt were theirs.

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