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Thread #154747   Message #3633574
Posted By: MGM·Lion
16-Jun-14 - 11:15 AM
Thread Name: Eliza Carthy MBE
Subject: RE: Eliza Carthy MBE
You would have to be a character in a play by Beaumarchis turned into an opera by Mozart, Codger. It is probable that such a right never in fact existed in real history. Wikipedia says "According to the most known variant, it was an alleged legal right allowing the lord of a medieval estate to take the virginity of his serfs' maiden daughters.
There is little evidence, however, that the alleged rights ever actually existed, much less that they were ever exercised". {entry under heading Droit du seigneur}