Foundations - Vol. 2, No. 3 - Contents & Abstracts

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A Genealogy of the Grand Komnenoi of Trebizond (Kelsey Jackson Williams))

The empire of Trebizond, founded by a grandson of emperor Andronikos I Komnenos in the chaos following the sack of Constantinople in 1204 and the last Byzantine state to fall to the Ottoman Turks (in 1461), occupied a unique position in the later middle ages as a focus for transcontinental commerce and as a state which had close ties with the Georgian and Turkomen polities to its east as well as the Byzantine, French and Italian states to its west. These ties were solidified by a series of astute dynastic marriages that make the Grand Komnenoi, the ruling dynasty of Trebizond for the period of its history as an empire, of particular interest to the genealogist and prosopographer. The present paper corrects the accreted errors of past generations and sets out, for the first time, a scholarly account of the genealogy of the Grand Komnenoi.

Who was Malcolm, King of the Cumbrians? (MichaelAnne Guido)

This article deals with the origins of the Fife family as well as presenting a new theory which postulates that Nes Fitz William, who is ancestral to Saher de Quincy and his descendants, is the grandson of Constantine, Earl of Fife. Many ideas have been propounded as to the reason behind the unique position of the earls of Fife in Scotland as first among equals, which began during the reign of the early Scottish kings. This work presents and analyses the existing documents and historical data concerning these individuals and the basis for their role in 12th century Scotland.

Some Internet Resources for Medieval Genealogy (Chris Phillips)

Chris Phillips provides his regular update for readers of Foundations, concerning Internet resources available to medieval genealogists.

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