Blood law

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The right of blood was especially in the Middle Ages, the existing on the basis of affiliation with the royal family claim to the throne. The blood relationship was not allowed to pass over the inheritance or the rule. Blood law is more sacred and social than legally determined, so that it has not established any enforceable legal claim. With regard to the German kingship, the principle of blood law could not prevail decisively against the election of a king . From the 11th century onwards, blood law was more and more suppressed.

On the other hand, in the territorial rulers, blood law even increased to the right of inheritance ( hereditary monarchy ).


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