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In the early modern period, the legal institution of guardianship served to provide legal assistance to persons in need of protection. It predominantly derived from the ancient Roman legal institution designed to protect the interests of such persons [2. 255 f.]. It was above all European cities that issued guardianship ordinances following Roman legal and medieval precedents [8. 87]. Guardianship …

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Scholz-Löhnig, Cordula, “Guardianship”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_029903>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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