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In Macbeth, explain the Law of Tanistry.

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Posted February 14, 2007 at 8:49 PM via web

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In Macbeth, explain the Law of Tanistry.

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brandih | eNotes Employee

Posted February 15, 2007 at 3:36 AM (Answer #1)

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In selecting a king, the system of tanistry was 'a royal kin group electoral college system'. It meant that, unlike today when the oldest male child succeeds his father (primogeniture), the king could be elected from anywhere in the male royal line.

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