Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

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The English Royal family

As explained here and here, the oldest section of my site, and particularly the Royal section, is not much more than just an extended Ancestors Chart for myself and my wife, included only to provide continuity with my later pages.

I do not research the genealogy of the English Royal family (and have no plans to ever research it). I just link to other people's work.

The limits of western genealogies

All the old Western lines really form one vast Western family tree. How far back this tree can be taken is still a matter under investigation.

Coin of Romulus Augustus, the last Western Roman Emperor (deposed 476 AD).
Coin sold at auction 2004. From here.

The English Royal line

The Romans left Britain by 410 AD.
Cerdic, first King of the West Saxons, who arrived in Britain in 495 AD, is generally accepted as the historical start of the British Royal line in England. Ancestries traced for him are regarded as legend.
We begin the English Royal line with the Norman invaders of England (1066) and Ireland (1169):

the Viking (born in Scandinavia) who became the first ruler of Normandy.
Sometimes called Duke of Normandy.
He mar or affair with Poppa of Bayeux and had issue:

William Longsword.
Sometimes called Duke of Normandy.
He had affair with Sprota.
Her origin has been debated but remains obscure.
William was assassinated in 942.
He had issue by Sprota:

Richard I of Normandy, born 933.
He died 996.
He had issue (by various mothers):

  1. Richard II, Duke of Normandy,
    mar Judith of Brittany [dau of Conan I of Rennes by his wife Ermengarde-Gerberga of Anjou, descendant of Charlemagne],
    had issue:

    1. Robert I, Duke of Normandy,
      had affair with Herleva and had issue:

      1. William the Conqueror.

  2. Geoffrey, Count of Eu, had issue:
    1. Gilbert, Count of Brionne, had issue:
      1. Richard FitzGilbert de Clare.

  3. William I, Count of Eu, had issue:
    1. Robert, Count of Eu, had issue:
      1. William II, Count of Eu.

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