Quote Originally Posted by Morien View Post
I agree with the idea that it works much better with Elaine's mother being the adulteress, and Elaine being blameless (albeit 'blood will tell', people might whisper behind her back). Widow's portion isn't the widow's property, just hers to enjoy until her death, although I agree that the adulteress would forfeit her right to it (and hence it would go back into the inheritance, not to the liege, as the actual holder/heiress has not done anything wrong). Attainder is probably the wrong word for it, since at least to me, that invokes charges of treason against the king and the like.
Quick google search proves you right, Attainder was only on perpetrators of capital crimes, in addition to the execution.