Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.


Our common ancestors - English Royal family - Contents

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, for example the tree of Brian Tompsett.

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 (see here), 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):

Rollo (see here),
the Viking who was the first Duke of Normandy,
mar or affair with Poppa of Bayeux and had issue:

William I Longsword, 2nd Duke of Normandy (see here),
mar Luitgarde of Vermandois [dau of Herbert II, Count of Vermandois and descendant of Charlemagne], no issue,
had affair with Sprota,
Tompsett listed Sprota as dau of Herbert I, Count of Vermandois and descendant of Charlemagne, but this must just be confusion with William's wife,
William was assassinated in 942 AD,
had issue by Sprota:

Richard I of Normandy (see here),
born 933,
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 Hastings, Count of Eu.

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