â€œYes, yes, to the women, I know,â€ said Richard, â€œthat is your Salic law
. I read, sir, all kinds of books; of France, as well as England; of Greece, as well as Rome.
Under Salic law
, the heir apparent was Henri of Bourbon, and Catholic fears of a Huguenot succession led Henry's Catholic subjects to rebel and the Guise plot against him.
On the contrary, a separate law of succession, which provided for inheritance by Salic law
(preventing females from inheriting), continued to apply in Hanover.
This is followed by an analysis of Salic law
and the nature of political influence that this constructed for women in France.
For example, in discussing the relative lag in women's political representation in France and the dearth of women at the top, they fail to mention the influence of France's Salic Law
, which for centuries was thought to prohibit women from inheriting the throne--though historians now suspect this claim to have been fraudulent.
Some examples include: Alcuin of York, Lombards, Donatism, Peasants, Salic Law
, and more.
And yet there are some very interesting discussions in Shakespeare of the seemingly more mundane sense of geography, pertaining to place or the world in a more limited sense, such as the Salic law
in Henry V or the geopolitical tensions that constrain the Denmark of Hamlet.
Henry V cannot plainly deal with the succession questions it raises, both because they are too "explosive" and because the Salic Law
problem intensifies and complicates them, and so the play "performs a carefully sustained dance around them" (87).
For though Salic law
prevented the empress from inheriting the throne, McQueen argues that Eugenie used the visual arts as the primary means to establish an autonomous position beyond that of consort.
Just if Salic Law
had not prevented it, and Queen Victoria II, not King Edward VII, had inherited the throne of England in 1901.