presents narrative biographical genealogies of the major noble
families which ruled Europe, North Africa and Western Asia between the
5th and 15th centuries. The approach is to verify all information
against primary source material, quoting relevant extracts in the
original language. This has enabled many traditionally accepted
relationships to be challenged. The territorial emphasis and wide
scope allow innovative conclusions to be drawn about the comparative
development of the nobility in different geographical areas.
The project is
ongoing, and new versions of the documents are added regularly
[Click for information on updates].
The data set is
currently in transition from version
2 to 3.
These are marked by a "Medieval Lands 2/3" watermark pattern
which is displayed diagonally as part of the coloured background of
the documents. This is in response to large parts of some
documents, and even groups of entire documents, being plagiarised
anonymously on the net. Assuming that we continue with open
access, little can be done to prevent this. However, the main
problem for users is that the unauthorised copies are not updated and
are therefore factually incomplete or inaccurate. With the
"watermark" display, everyone can be assured that the versions which
are available on the FMG website represent the latest updates which
The Foundation for
Medieval Genealogy is pleased to host these pages on behalf of the
author, Charles Cawley. The author welcomes
feedback, including corrections
and contributions of new, verified data. If you
find any broken links or have any other problems please
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