Salic Law

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Originally a Germanic Legal Code for the governance of Salian Franks, The Salic Law was a Codified 8th Century A.D. Document which set forth the punishments and procedures established for The Franks to follow. The Code also set forth the Rights of Inheritance and “who” within established “Royal bloodlines,” could actually inherit title and become Ruler. It was strictly forbidden to include women into The Salic Law (as they did not have the right of inheritance). Normally, bloodlines would continue to be searched (even to their farthest points, if need be) – to establish a Male Heir. Although forbidden to inherit, woman were still important to the enforcement of Salic Law – due their “issue” and linked bloodlines needed to establish Succession. Developed out of the ancient Roman Laws, The Salic Law (in it's early version), was somewhat vague on several “Ruling Families”. This fact would be exploited by England MANY times in their purported claim to The French Throne – often citing Salic Law as their precedent for The Hundred Year Wars. Salic Law was still cited as a legal context until 1883