A Catholic and French King

The Arrêt le Maistre of 1593 made two things very clear and confirmed two principles as being part of the Fundamental Laws: The king must be Catholic and French. That the fundamental laws of this kingdom be kept and the judgments given by the said court for the declaration of a Catholic and French king executed; and … More A Catholic and French King

Family Pact of 1909

Background In 1864 Prince Gaston d’Orleans married Princess Isabella of Brazil, heiress to the Imperial throne of Brazil.  Prince Gaston moved to Brazil and took the Brazilian nationality.  Thus, the Prince ceased to be a French dynast. In 1889, the Brazilian monarchy was illegally overthrown in a coup.  Prince Gaston then hoped that he might … More Family Pact of 1909