[LMB] Salic law vs agnatic succession on Barrayar

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Mon Sep 20 05:15:06 BST 2021

So, we've heard all through the Vor series that inheritance obeys the 
Salic law:


But I happened to be looking up the Norwegian royal family tonight (we're 
watching & enjoying the recent mini-series Atlantic Crossing) and saw this 
Wikipedia article on Patrilineality.


And now I'm wondering if what Barrayar really has is

- agnatic succession, which gives priority to or restricts inheritance of 
a throne or fief to heirs, male or female, descended from the original 
title holder through males only.


- Salic law, generally understood in modern times to mean exclusion of 
women as hereditary monarchs.

Agnatic does seem more like What Aral Vorkosigan preferred...


Alayne McGregor
alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca

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need a kind of feminism that aims not just to assimilate into the
institutions that men have created over the centuries, but to infiltrate
and subvert them. -- Barbara Ehrenreich

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