• Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Linked to the previously discussed “Salic Law” and “Inheritance Law” between England and France in the 14th Century, the theory of Primogeniture established the Laws of Inheritance for Men. This complex legal standing was limited to only the legitimate first-born Male of an Estate. Made primarily for The Wealthy, Primogeniture did not recognize illegitimate children (Male). Women were naturally excluded from Primogeniture (although several legal attempts to contest this were made in France and Spain in the 15th Century). Pre-dating Salic Law, Primogeniture did have “loop holes” that established illegitimate Males Heirs could inherit after all. These “gaps” in The Law allowed such IF a Noble set forth documents officially declaring an illegitimate as his “legal” Heir. Often many Family Members fought this (so they would not be left out of assuming Titles and the monies that such provided. Many Conflicts were fought as a result of such decisions.

Salic Law (in addition to severely limiting Female inheritance), also did away with any illegitimate Heirs claims, regardless as to what documents were provided to a Court. However, much of both Salic Law and Primogeniture was abolished by most European Nations by the 18th Century.