103     Regarding Ibonia as a prototype of royal marriage, to accept this alliance would be to recognize the superiority of his maternal uncle, whose place he will take. "In this broken chain of uterine successions, uterine nephews are continually superior to their uterine uncles. While non-reigning princes watch their status diminish and their rank become lower and even disappear through the generations, the status of rank of sovereigns, on the contrary, only heightens, continually tending towards the status of divine king" (Ottino, L'Etrang¸re, 503-4).