Jure matris

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Jure matris (iure matris) is a Latin phrase meaning "by right of his mother" or "in right of his mother".

It is commonly encountered in the law of Inheritance when a noble title or other right passes from mother to son. It is also used in the context of monarchy in cases where a woman holds a title in her own right but grants exercise of the power to her son. In many cultures it was common for the husband of a titled woman to exercise power on her behalf, and sometimes after his death she allowed their son and heir the same privilege during her lifetime.

Notable "jure matris" rulers[edit]

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  1. ^ *Hamilton, Bernard (1978). "Women in the Crusader States: The Queens of Jerusalem". In Baker, Derek. Medieval Women. Oxford: Ecclesiastical History Society. ISBN 0-631-19260-3.