senior, elder), in English law, the lordship remaining to a grantor after the grant of an estate in fee-simple.
At common law, while a lease was binding on the grantor and his heirs, it was not good against " singular successors," i.e.
Legally its characteristic feature was that the lessee had no right of any kind against the grantor.
It should be noted that from its very beginning the land relationship of feudalism was not created primarily for the grantor's income, but that it emphasized in the most striking way his continued ownership.
The length of time for which the holding should last came to be specified, at first for a term of years and then for life, and some payment to the grantor was provided for, not pretending to represent the economic value of the land, but only to serve as a mark of his continued ownership.