|The Wonders of Genealogy
||[Feb. 27th, 2010|11:51 pm]
So I have been spending a fair bit of time recently researching the genealogy of my family. I figured it might come up with something neat here or there but Jesus Christ... I have discovered that I am a direct descendant of Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor through Otto the Illustrious King of both Germany and Italy and Henry I King of France. I have tracked my French side down to the mid-6th century and it is all sorts of crazy. Kings, barons, dukes and other noble types. I am a descendant of Harald King of Haithabu. Because I am a descendant of Henry "The Fowler" King of Germany, I am related to pretty much every German king as well as most of the French kings through to the French Revolution. My ancestors brought about the renaissance (a word I always have to google to spell correctly) for Christ sake. |
It all started when I noticed that I had a few minor Norman nobles around 1200 in my family. One of my ancestors helped William the Conqueror when he invaded England in 1066 and after William became King of England, my ancestor became Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester and Count of Meulan. From there it just got more and more interesting. A princess married off from Kiev, the King of Italy, and finally Charlemagne. Weird shit. To anyone thinking about looking up genealogy, I suggest it.