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Queen Isabel I of Castile
Posted by Jane
on 30/3/2022, 5:13:23
This may be a somewhat stupid question; but what title has she been historically referred to in the French language? The reason for my asking is that since the Salic law has always applied to the succession in France, the term QUEEN REGNANT obviously cannot exist in the vocabulary. The only type of queen possible in the country is the wife or widow of a king (it goes without saying that all dowager queens, queen mothers, and queen regents are former queens consort).
If, for instance, Isabel was referred to as "Reine", would this not have led to a misconception that she was not a sovereign -- i.e. somebody who occupied a throne in her own right (and even ruled, since this was during a time when monarchs wielded genuine political powers)? It might have even led the French people to think that she was only the wife of a king -- granted that her husband was King Fernando II of Aragon.