Tag Archives: ANCESTORS

MY ROYAL FAMILY

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After going through genealogical charts, I discovered something extraordinary. As you are aware, me, my mother, and everyone on my mother’s side of the family are descendants of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots. Wonder who else are descendants of Robert the Bruce? The Stuart Dynasty, who ruled Scotland for a time before ruling England as well after the Tudors. After the Stuart Dynasty died out with Queen Anne, they were succeeded by the House of Hanover because their patriarch was Queen Anne’s second cousin. All of this means that not only is my mother’s side of the family related to Robert the Bruce, but we are also distant cousins to every English monarch and dynasty from the Stuarts to the Windsors! So, in other words, we are VERY distant relatives to the current Royal Family of Britain! Because of this, I have started to refer to each king, queen, prince, or princess from then to now as “Cousin”. We can thank Ancestor Robert for that because we all trace our descent to him. This is in stark contrast to my father’s side of the family, who are descended from Irish peasants and Viking raiders.

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ANGLO-SAXONS

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Another section of my ancestry I plan to explore will be the Anglo-Saxons. My Anglo-Saxon ancestors inspired epic tales such as Beowulf. They also ruled England for six hundred years from the end of Roman rule in Britain in the 5th century to when William the Conqueror sacked the country in 1066. The thing I find interesting about my Viking, Norman, and Anglo-Saxon ancestors is that they are essentially the same people because they descended from the same bloodline. In war, the Anglo-Saxons pretty much used the same battle tactics as the vikings, which included the use of the shield wall and rely mostly on infantry. With this in mind, it is possible that my direct ancestors fought on all sides of the Norman conquest of England. That would make it a family feud that pitted kinsman against kinsman. For my fantasy series, I will be drawing inspiration from the Anglo-Saxons’ culture and warfare in order to create one of the factions of the book’s kingdom.