Foundations - Vol. 1, No. 6 - Contents & Abstracts

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The Ancestry of Gospatric, Lord of Workington (Michael Anne Guido)

The maternal ancestry of Gospatric, lord of Workington is shown in the cartularies of several abbeys of Northern England to be of Norman extraction, and not Saxon as previously believed.

Anglo-Saxon Aristocracy: Tracing Lineages (T S M Mōmmaerts-Browne)

This piece was inspired by an earlier work by David Kelley, The House of Aethelred, in which he called for further research of Anglo-Saxon notables. The article traces the origins and peregrinations of fate of several Anglo-Saxon noble lineages. The author aims to show that some families were other branches of the Gewissæ, (the royal house of Wessex); while others were continuations of other royal families, sovereign, prior to the unification of Egbert, Æthelwulf, and sons. Thus, it is a study in the comparative vicissitudes of the various dynasties of the so-called 'heptarchy'.

The results can be used to explore social and political evolution of these houses. One of the theses of this work is that it links more lines to the earlier dynasties, some of which hitherto lacked descents beyond their losses of sovereignty.

The Durham Liber Vitae: some reflections on its significance as a genealogical resource (Rosie Bevan)

The Durham Liber Vitae holds great potential for the extraction of unmined genealogical information held within its pages, but the quality of information obtained will depend on our understanding of the document itself. This article explores briefly what a liber vitae was and gives examples of the type of information that can be extracted from the Durham liber with special reference to Countess Ida, mother of William Longespee.

The Nibelungs (David H Kelley, FASG)

This study provides a slightly modified interpretation of the origin of the historic Nibelung family and discusses relationships of members of the family between about 690 and 890. The branch which held Amiens, Vexin and Valois is postulated as ancestral to the counts who held these counties until the 11th century. Grierson's postulate that the later Counts are male line descendants of Hugbald of Ostrevant is rejected.

Some Internet Resources for Medieval Genealogy (Chris Phillips)

In his regular internet update, Chris Phillips presents information on some ambitious plans to place scanned printed materials on the world wide web.

Anglo-Saxon Pedigrees Annotated – Part 3 (transcribed by Michael Wood)

We conclude the transcript of pencil annotations from the London Library copy of Anglo-Saxon Bishops, Kings and Nobles (Searle, 1899). That work is a useful source for 10th and 11th century families, especially of non-royal lines. The notes should be read in conjunction with the introduction to part 1 of the article (Foundations (2004) 1 (4): 269-274), part 2 (Foundations (2004) 1 (5): 375-385), and with Searle’s original publication. A scanned copy of the latter is available to FMG registered users on our website.

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