Saturday, August 07, 2004

HYW(Duncan2): On the Claim and Salic Law


Below is a correspondence between Richard Talbot, Baron of Ludlow and Herald to the King of England, and Alain de St-Vollier, Count of Valence and Boutellier of France following the Boutellier's public response.

I. Herald to Boutellier.

M'Lord Boutellier,

Though your lineage appears accurage, you are most certainly false in one aspect. Lest you are to claim Chalemagne no Roi de France, you cannot claim that no Royal son of a Royal daughter inherited the Throne of France.

This is to speak nothing of Salic law, which is a barbaric law for lands outside of France, and which the Nobility of France does not abide. One need but look at the Nobility of France to see that not only can a male inherit through the daughter, but a daughter can diretly hold title!

Talbot

II. Boutellier to Herald.

Good Herald of England,

I assure you everything in the statement is correct. If you will but read it clearly, it states that no Capetian has ascended the throne that was not in the direct male line of succession. You, and all will know, that the Carolingian dynasty is no longer the Royal House of France.

Further, you are correct that I say nothing of the law Salic, for tho some have used such reference to show the right to the ascension, it is not specifically necessary. I am also here not concerned with the devolvement of duchies or other lesser titles which are not annointed, for we do all know full well how your lord and King did come to be the Duc d'Aquitaine, as well as King of England.

I assure you that he does not similarly acquire right to the Crown of Light.

BdF

III. Herald to Boutellier.

M'Lord Boutellier,

If you do not look towards Salic law, I ask what law to which you do refer for while you state no lies, Salic law is the only which would allow for Philippe VI de Valois to inherit.

Talbot

IV. Boutellier to Herald.

Good Herald,

I look to what is the law in France sir. While the Salic Law may provide an illustration of inheritance solely through the male line, it is not of course the only law there is that speaks to the question. As your own Chief Justice's account portrays, many other ladies and sons of ladies, which would have had claim to the Crown, are passed over in favor of the male line; the most recent account comming to mind, being Jeanne de Navarre. If custom or precedent be any guide, then we stand aright on that front also, tho again, the law in France is just that. The Law in France.

BdF

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