Foundations 1(2)

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Comments on Agatha, mother of St Margaret

Editorial comments on the article in Foundations 1(1)

Was Solomon, Count of Roussillon, a Jewish King of Narbonne?

by David Kelley

This study supports the hypothesis of Arthur Zuckerman that Solomon, Count of Roussillon, was a Jewish king of Narbonne, but without definite evidence. Zuckerman’s further hypothesis that Solomon was identical with Bernard, Count of Auvergne, is rejected.

Some Internet Resources for Medieval Genealogy (2)

by Chris Phillips

The author provides website addresses that aid access to medieval subsidy rolls, year books, and data on monumental brasses, with a little discussion on the content and usability of the sites.

The Origins of the Medieval Turbevilles of Worcestershire

by William Humphreys

A thorough and extensive analysis of Turbeville entries in the Calendars of State Papers suggests the probability that the Turbevilles of Worcestershire shared common ancestry with Hardy’s ‘D’Urbervilles’ of Dorset.

Notes and Queries (No. 4): The Ebriaci of Pisa, Jewish ancestors of the Plantagenets?

from Lindsay Brook

Medieval Monarchs, Female Illegitimacy and Modern Genealogical Matters: Part I: Sybilla, Queen of Scotland, c.1090-1122

by Danna Messer

This paper explores the origins of an atypical medieval practice in which some royals exploited their female illegitimate children for political gain. As Henry I led the way in this respect, it is fitting to introduce the topic by evaluating the circumstances pertaining to his daughter, Sybilla, which were influenced by the political agendas of the kings of both England and Scotland. Medieval attitudes towards royal concubinage and gender roles are two important factors that help explain why female bastards were allowed to be players in high politics and why they should continue to be worthy of consideration by modern genealogists specialising in the history of royal families.

Notes and Queries (No. 5): Stephanie of Flanders, ancestress of the Ibelins

from Lindsay Brook

Electronic Archiving and Medieval Genealogy: An unlikely but useful partnership

by Steve Edwards

Electronics and computer technology develops with sometimes bewildering speed, so any form of e-archiving needs to be adopted with great care. A regular programme of review, refreshment, data transfer and migration to new platforms when necessary is vital to ensure that all digitised forms of data storage remain accessible and free from corruption over long periods of time. The paper suggests how electronic archiving might be applied to materials stored within the FMG.

The Paternal Origins of the Counts of Geneva

by Lindsay Brook

The maternal ancestry of Gérold, Count of Geneva, from the penultimate ‘Rudolfinger’ King of Burgundy has long been known. The identity of his father has, however, remained elusive. In a recent book, it is suggested that Gérold is descended in the male line from the counts of Dagsburg-Egisheim in Alsace. Moreover, this author proposes that the traditional parentage given for Hildegard, great-grandmother of the Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa, is wrong. This note draws attention to these important conclusions, in the hope that readers will either challenge or endorse them.

The Origin of the Morteynes

by John Ellis

The evidence is reviewed for the early origins of the Morteyne family, ancestors of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire families of that name. Robert de Morteyne was son of Warner de Codnor, who was probably a son of Warner de Lisoriis. Possible links to the Norman Counts of Mortain, and to the House of Boulogne, are explored.

Katherine Roet's Swynfords: a re-examination of interfamily relationships and descent – Part 1

by Judy Perry

Katherine (Roet) Swynford’s association with the family of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer has been the focus of much speculation. This article investigates some of the claims that have been made by examining the heraldry, lives, and offspring of the Roet, Swynford and Chaucer families.

Additions and Corrections to the Complete Peerage: The Herons of Ford and Thornton

contributions from Tony Ingham, Chris Phillips and Rosie Bevan

Notes and Queries (No. 6): Bérengère, wife of Bertrand II des Baux, lord of Berre

from Lindsay Brook


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