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Re: The Counts of Boulogne
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From time to time, there has also been "succession by sword". The one with the strongest army will win the throne.
The Pictish version of Tanistry would be an option. Under that version Henri II would still have been the preferred candidate but there was the option of selecting his mother's first cousin as well.
If the English throne HAD passed to the sons of Stephen of Blois, after his death in 1154, instead of the man we know as King Henry II Plantagenet, what kind of royal succession law would that had been? We couldn't call it the Salic law (i.e. fully agnatic primogeniture), which does not allow females to even transmit succession rights (Stephen was a nephew of King Henry I through his sister Adela).
Nor could it be called the Castilian law (i.e. male-preferred primogeniture), since Holy Roman Empress Matilda (the only surviving legitimate child of her father) and her descendants would have been passed over.
Nor could it be called the semi-Salic law, which (like the Castilian law) would have placed Matilda on the throne, later inherited by her descendants.