Guardian in Chivalry Law and Legal Definition

Guardian in chivalry is a status acquired by a lord of the manor, upon the death of a tenant holding by knight service, in reference to children of the tenant. A guardian in chivalry has the right to the custody of the ward's person, and to take the profits of his land, as recompense for the loss of knight service. The guardianship will terminate when the ward, if a male, reached the age of 21, or, if a female, the age of 14.