2017-04-06 20:51:50 UTC
In connection with the testament of the father of the recently deceased Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, which demands that his (the testator's) grandson marries a noble (Aryan and Protestant) woman, I was wondering if such Ebenbürtigkeit clauses, demanding noble spouses, so well-known in German Fideikommisse and to a certain extent also English entails, I suppose, existed in France before the Revolution, when so-called "subsistutions héréditaires", a kind of entails or fideicommiss, apparantly were quite common?
The contemporary L'Éncyclopedié (ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers) says quite a lot about "subsistutions héréditaires", but nothing about any Ebenbürtigkeit requirements. I know it was common in the French nobility to marry bourgeois or recently ennobled heiresses (maybe not as common as in Britain, but far more common than in Germany), but I also suspect that some reactionary nobles like the duc de Saint-Simon would try to stop from beyond the grave his lineage being defiled by commoners. Does anybody know?
And BTW - if anybody knows anything concrete about the details of the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg testament, especially about who is to inherit (the Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein line?) if Prince Gustav marries Carina Axelsson, feel free to chime in.