[LMB] Salic law vs agnatic succession on Barrayar

Robert Woodward Robert_A_Woodward at comcast.net
Mon Sep 20 15:51:52 BST 2021



> On Sep 20, 2021, at 2:48 AM, tidsel via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
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> On Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 6:34 AM, Robert Woodward <Robert_A_Woodward at comcast.net> wrote:
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>> I disagree; Aral mentioned Salic descent in chapter 15 of Shards of Honor, but Ezar didn’t appear to be impressed with his argument. As for the Counts, their inheritance appears to more like the Irish practice of Tanistry (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanistry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanistry) then anything else.
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> It is my understanding that tanistry implies a consensus where you elect a leader and a heir, while on Bar it is stricktly hereditary.

The Count chooses his heir, the Council of Counts ratifies the choice. I didn’t say that it was tanistry, just that tanistry resembled the process more than anything else.

"We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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