Should illegitimate children be allowed to succeed to a throne?

sparky

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Jan 2017
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English History would say yes ,
William the bastard to Henry VII ,with a double bastardy in his pedigree
his son Henry VIII bereft of a male heir considered his illegitimate son, the duke of Richmond as an acceptable successor
this would have been acceptable to the nobles
in all those cases the children were legitimized and carried armorial crests
 
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Jun 2017
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Honestly if a King cared deeply enough about that outcome they should lie and say the child is legitimate. Would not be surprised if this happened several times without people realizing. No guesses just can't imagine that scenario having not happened over all of European history.
 

Futurist

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May 2014
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Honestly if a King cared deeply enough about that outcome they should lie and say the child is legitimate. Would not be surprised if this happened several times without people realizing. No guesses just can't imagine that scenario having not happened over all of European history.
That would probably be impossible to do in this day and age, though; I mean, claiming to be married to a woman that you're not actually married to doesn't appear to be a lie that is capable of being sustained for a long time.
 
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That would probably be impossible to do in this day and age, though; I mean, claiming to be married to a woman that you're not actually married to doesn't appear to be a lie that is capable of being sustained for a long time.
If you're a King though in a feudal world where everyone obeys you'd have the resources to get it done.
 
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Belgarion

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Jul 2011
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No. In the past there were enough wars caused by those who felt they had legitimate claims without setting a precedent for illegitimate heirs as well, and while a war of succession is unlikely today the uncertainty generated by rival claims would not do any modern monarchy any good.
 

Futurist

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May 2014
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No. In the past there were enough wars caused by those who felt they had legitimate claims without setting a precedent for illegitimate heirs as well, and while a war of succession is unlikely today the uncertainty generated by rival claims would not do any modern monarchy any good.
That's why I suggested using the date of legitimization as the birth date of illegitimate royal children for succession purposes. That way, they won't displace their legitimate half-siblings from their place in the royal line of succession.