- May 2014
@duncanness: I think that your posts here demonstrated that what I was thinking about here really wasn't that rare or unprecedented in the British Isles throughout history. I do wonder if it was more of a rarity in continental Europe, though. Throughout French history up to 1830 (with the brief exception of the Hundred Years' War, when the English were occupying a giant part of France), the heir to the throne always became King if he lived long enough. Indeed, before Louis-Philippe did this, it was probably perceived in France as being (almost) completely unprecedented for a French prince to usurp the succession from more senior legitimate royal male agnates.