A father could disinherit a son in early times without restriction, but the Code insisted upon judicial consent and that only for repeated unfilial conduct.
Exile was inflicted for incest with a daughter; disinheritance for incest with a stepmother or for repeated unfilial conduct.
It seems that a plot with such an object was actually on foot, and that the younger Henry gave it up in a moment of better feeling, when he realized the evil impression that the unfilial act would make upon the nation.
Slaves were often adopted and if they proved unfilial were reduced to slavery again.
Lie seems to have felt a genuine regret for the unfilial conduct which had vexed his fathers last years, and showed a careful determination to turn over a new leaf and give his enemies no scope for criticism.