CLAIMANTS to the CROWN of FRANCE

The red line traces claims from Philippe III of France, which became an issue following the end of the Capetian-direct line in 1328.

The Salic Law of the ancient Franks forbade inheritance of the crown by a woman or through the female line. There are arguments that the 'Salic Law' was not specifically cited in the French position until well after the Hundred Years' War began. The initial French councils that had to address the issue in 1316 and in 1328 merely cited the position as 'tradition' in the case of the kingdom. However, there were examples of lesser domains, such as duchies, being inherited by women.


Layout based upon Brève Histoire de la guerre de Cent Ans 1337-1453,
Guide Aide-Memoire (les éditions Fragile, 1995), p.4.

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