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Re: The Salic law
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Posted by Josť on 13/3/2022, 22:28:58, in reply to "The Salic law
I realize I might have been mislead by "youngest" sons by "younger" sons.
Would you accept King Otto of Bavaria, youngest son of King Max II Josef ?
Manuel II of Portugal.
Pedro II of Brazil.
Paul I of Greece.
Michael Romanov, emperor for 1 day after Nicolas II abdication.
Alexander I of YU.
That France had numerous cases is perhaps no surprise, given the succession law in operation. Perhaps not all the kings you mentioned were, strictly speaking, *youngest* sons in their families. But you're quite right that a third or fourth son comes close to being one.
If it came to that, King Albert II of the Belgians might qualify as a youngest son who succeeded -- if one were to restrict discussion to the issue born of only the first marriage of his father, King Leopold III. As it was, he got a half-brother (Prince Alexandre) from his father's second marriage. So perhaps he doesn't quite count.
What I find eerie is that Portugal, despite operating under male-preference primogeniture (as opposed to the Salic law), exhausted the multiple sons of Queen Maria II: she has no legitimate representative through any of them today. And because her daughters excluded themselves from the succession by moving to foreign lands to marry, the royal succession eventually passed to the descendants of her uncle, Dom Miguel. But of course, the monarchy got abolished by then.
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