Gavelkind Succession Example
Primary title: Duchy (or Petty Kingdom) of York
Eldest son: Sælræd
2nd son: Sæxbald
Due to some weird history, Sælræd is Count of Chester (in Lancaster), but he is the vassal of the King of Norway. We do not have the title of Duchy of Lancaster.
|Title||de jure ruler||Heir|
|Duchy of York||-||Sælræd|
|County of Lincoln||York||Sælræd|
|Duchy of Mercia||-||Sæxbald|
|County of Hereford||Mercia||Sæxbald|
|County of Warwick||Mercia||Sæxbald|
|County of Lancaster||Lancaster||Sæxbald|
|County of Derby||Lancaster||Sælræd|
1) Since Sælræd is the vassal of a King, will he remain a vassal when he inherits the Duchy of York title?
In this case he did not, he became independent (and took Chester with him). Would this have been different under other circumstances, e.g. if Sælræd was vassal of the King of England (de jure ruler of Duchy of York).
2) Why did the County of Lancaster go to the 1st heir and Derby go to the 2nd?
3) What happens to vassals outside York and Mercia? (e.g. Gloucster.)
In this case Glouster remained a vassal of York. Would all such vassals go to the court of York, or would they be split between the courts of York and Mercia?
4) How would things be different with 3 sons?