Foundations 2(6)

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  • Descent of St. Maur Family of co. Monmouth and Seymour Family of Hatch, co.Somerset (Paul C Reed)

This Seymour family became renowned in the person of Jane Seymour, who died twelve days after the birth of Edward, the only legitimate son of Henry VIII to survive infancy. It is not surprising that the origins of this family came under the focus of the earliest English historians and genealogists, including Camden, Dugdale and Vincent. Brydges and others later attempted fuller accounts in their works on the peerage, but the paucity of surviving records has allowed errant conclusions and fictions to persist in the most widely available modern accounts. The purpose of this article is to present a fresh analysis of what survives and bring the subject up to current standards of scholarship.

  • A Brief Survey of Online Libraries (Chris Phillips)

 A brief survey of some of the projects that are making digital versions of published works available through the Internet.

  • The Two Wives of Robert Whitney, Esq., Lord of Whitney: Additional Notes (Adrian Benjamin Burke)

 This note supplements the article in Foundations 2(5):350-357, with additional evidence for a Robert Whitney, son of Robert, Lord of Whitney.

  • Letter to the Editor: The Two Wives of Robert Whitney (David L Kent)

  • Pagan Son of a Saint: Olaf Cuaran and St Edith: A view of tenth century ties between Northumberland, York and Dublin (Michael Anne Guido)

Though much has been written about Olaf Cuaran little is still known of his origins and his exact place in tenth century history. He has often been confused with his cousin Olaf Guthfrithsson in the early annals and chroniclers. Even his nickname of ‘Cuaran’ is debated as to its exact meaning. He became a legendary figure when he was incorporated into the twelfth century chanson of Havelok the Dane. The focus of this paper is to examine the life and ancestry of Olaf as it is presented in the Northumbrian Chronicle, Irish Annals and several pre-fourteenth century English histories with particular attention upon the dating and origins of each source, as well as debunking myths that have grown around Olaf and his mother.


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