The pundits who’ve carried water for Ted Cruz so long on the eligibility issue, now indignant over the dam bursting, are much like Canterbury justifying Henry V’s invasion of France by ignoring the Salic Law:
According to Canterbury, the Salic Law doesn’t actually hold any water because a boatload of French kings have inherited the crown through their mothers. Plus, says Canterbury, the original authors of the Salic Law said that it should only apply to Germany, not France. Therefore, Canterbury argues, King Henry V has a legal right to rule France because his great-great-grandmother (Isabel) was the daughter of the French King Phillip IV. (Isabel married Edward II of England and had a son, Edward III, who also tried to lay claim to the French crown.)If you’re baffled by this lengthy justification, then you’re not alone. Canterbury’s tedious explanation isn’t necessarily a good enough reason for Henry to claim the French throne, which is probably why he makes the argument sound more complicated than it is. Shakespeare’s point? Henry’s motives for invading a foreign country are pretty suspect.
Source: Salic Law in Henry V
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