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? asked in Society & CultureRoyalty · 1 month ago

Did the governments of the British Isles ever enacted Salic law that blocked female succession to the throne?

One tenet of Salic law explicitly excluding females from the inheritance of a throne or fief.

6 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    Not in England, not when it came to the throne. If Salic law had existed, Henry I could not have named his daughter his heir, as he did, nor would the barons have sworn fealty to her while he was still alive. That she did not manage to succeed him was a matter of attitude and tradition, not law.

    The male-line inheritance of peerages and landed estates was a matter of both tradition and common law, not a Salic law.

    Salic law also didn't obtain in Scotland, as the accession of Mary, Queen of Scots on her father's death demonstrated. It was not necessary to change any Scottish laws for her to do that.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No.    But it used to be the eldest male.   If none a woman could succeed 

  • 1 month ago


    The First English female monarch was 'Matilda' ( 1141) for a few months. 

    The First British female monarch was 'Queen Anne' ( 1702 - 1714)

    Have inherited the throne by right.  Salic Law does not come into it!!!!!

  • Rico
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Not when it came to being the monarch of any of the kingdoms that have existed in the islands since the Romans left.

    The majority of peerages are created without regard for female lines of descent, but there have been a few one off exceptions such as the Earldom Mountbatten of Burma and the Dukedom of Fife.  The Dukedom of Marlborough is inheritable by and through female lines of succession within the Churchill and Spencer families, with no limitation. 

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  • Clo
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, the British realms practiced male-preference primogeniture, where male siblings could inherit before their sisters, regardless of age.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No, and for most of its history parliament did not wield that kind of power. It may have been invoked in passing over Empress Matilda but that was a disputed claim with the throne eventually going to Stephen. The only instance that comes to mind is Victoria being denied the throne of Hanover, in accordance with the laws of that country, and her uncle succeeded in her place.

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