Foundations 1(6)

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The Ancestry of Gospatric, Lord of Workington

by MichaelAnne 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

by Stanford Mōmmaerts-Browne

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.

The Durham Liber Vitae: some reflections on its significance as a genealogical resource

by 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

by David Kelley

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

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).  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 on our website.


No Mongols in Spain

by M L Bierbrier

Jaime de Salazar (2003) published a pedigree purporting to show the descent of the Prince of the Asturias from Genghis Khan via the mother of Czar Michael Romanov named Xenia Shastukov. His only source was apparently Forst de Battaglia’s Traité de Généalogie (1949) which cited outdated Chinese and Russian sources for the descent. Unfortunately, the pedigree is severely flawed and cannot stand, apart from the fact that any descent traced through Peter III, husband of Catherine the Great, is highly untenable.

Letter to the Editor

by Graham Senior-Milne

Inheritance of Baronies



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