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Mental Incapacity And The Financing Of War In Medieval England

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The wars of the fourteenth century between the English and their neighbors the French and the Scots, impacted the mental health of those who campaigned and their families at home; furthermore, the wardship of some people with mental health issues in England indirectly assisted the English war effort. In medieval England, there were many categories and gradations of mental health and capacity. Mental incapacity suffered on an actual battle field affected an individual?s ability to wage war and, by extension, his survival. A number of properties that brought money into the royal coffers left the guardian and royal officials to negotiate the precise details of payment. Guardianship/wardship regulation was not without its problems. Some individuals tried to circumvent royal directives by keeping the profits for themselves.

Keywords: French; guardianship; medieval england; mental health; mental incapacity; wardship



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