Inheritance, monarchic and otherwise
Posted by Thw Mysterious H.C. on November 18, 1997 at 14:03:59:
In response to I disagree, written by Laura Wallace on November 18, 1997 at 13:39:24
] The Bennets had two children, a boy and a girl. the boy was Mr. Bennet's father and the girl married a Collins, Mr. Collins' father. Mr Bennet had only five daughters, so the inheritance goes to his cousin.
] Again, this is contrary to a "normal" entail setup. Why would a sister and her heirs be favored over a daughter? Think about the monarchy. Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth both inherited despite the fact there there were brothers available (i.e., younger brothers of their fathers).
] There is a discussion of this on Henry Churchyard's JA info pages. Link below.
Laura, you're correct about inheritance usually not favoring the sister over a daughter, but the inheritance of the British throne is actually more favorable to women than entail-inheritance (the throne inheritance never goes back to a brother, uncle, etc. of a decesaed king merely because the king has left behind a daughter or daughters, but no sons, while this does happen in the case of an owner of an estate enyailed by standard male primogeniture who leaves no sons).
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