These children could be legitimized by their father's acknowledgment before witnesses, and were often adopted.
His sons were legitimized in January 1553.
1234), and Mary, who married Philip, count of Namur, were legitimized by Innocent III.
Legalized the disputed marriage and legitimized Dom Diniz, the king's eldest son.
Both children were afterwards legitimized by papal bulls.
His marriage with Mlle de Blois, the legitimized daughter of Louis XIV., won him the favour of the king.
The one was headed by his son Henry, prince of Wales, and his half-brothers John, Henry and Thomas Beaufort, the base-born but legitimized children of John of Gaunt.