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
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
Background The 16th century was a tumultuous time for France. The Wars of Religion dominated the landscape. And in 1584, King Henri III’s heir, the Duke of Anjou and Alençon, would die. This would leave the future Henri IV as the heir-apparent. The problem is that Henri de Bourbon was a Protestant, and all the … More Natural Right of Succession vs. Nationality?
The purpose of this article is to refute Guy Stair Sainty’s so-called “Legitimist” Case. A. Male Succession Sainty correctly states that succession to the crown is limited to males in the male line — that is to say the agnates of Hugh Capet. This became known as the Salic law. Sainty explains some of the … More Refuting Guy Stair Sainty
What is the French Nationality? Firstly, we must say that “nationality” is a contemporary term. The Anjouists point this out and twist it in their favour by claiming nationality was anachronistic and didn’t really exist in the Old Regime. The term did not exist, but the French knew there was such a thing as a … More Nationality
In recent years, there has been some buzz about a lost branch of “Bourbons” in India. An English newspaper even had the headline “The next King of France? An Indian!” Well, that’s precisely the problem, isn’t it? An Indian cannot become King of France, for France cannot have a foreign king, which would be … More Statement on the Supposed “Bourbons” of India
Anjouists love to cite the Duke of Saint-Simon who said “if the king is not French he becomes so upon becoming king.” Context This claim is patently absurd, as can be shown by looking at history and the context of when it was written. This was written in 1711, near the end of War of … More Refuting Saint-Simon