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Old 12-19-2013, 06:58 AM
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Are there any known descendants of any Anglo-Saxon royal families?

I'm curious as to whether there are any people who can prove descent from Anglo-Saxon royalty. Not just the national royalty, but of any royalty of any once independent part of it. In the following order of preference:

1) Descendants of the House of Wessex. Edgar the Aetheling or his sisters, or any earlier king from their line.
2) Descendants of Cnut or Forkbeard.
3) Descendants of Harold Godwinsson by either of his baby-mothers.
4) Descendants of Cospatrick, the last leader of the house descended from the Royal House of Bernice, later of Northumbria, and after the Vikings arrived the kings of North Saxonland, Earls of Northumbria, High-Reeves of Bamburgh and so on.
5) Descendants of any of the royal houses killed off by the Danes, of East Anglia, Mercia, Lindsey, Essex and so on.
6) of those who didn't even make it to the arrival of the Danes, the houses of Sussex, Kent, the Hwicce, the Dere, the Isle of Wight and any others that might be knocking about.
7) The short-lived Scandinavian monarchies in English territory, in East Anglia and in York.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:26 AM
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The current British royal family traces its decent to Cerdic of Wessex, an Anglo-Saxon adventurer who founded the kingdom of Wessex.

Here's the family tree from Cerdic through to Henry I. There's a link there to take you from Henry I to further generations.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:27 AM
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I have met a person who claimed that his ancestors used to be kings before 1066, but I am not prepared to take his word for it. I can't decide, though, if he was deliberately trying to pull my leg or if he was a mythomaniac.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:42 AM
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I have met a person who claimed that his ancestors used to be kings before 1066, but I am not prepared to take his word for it. I can't decide, though, if he was deliberately trying to pull my leg or if he was a mythomaniac.
Since the British royal family traces their decent back the Cerdic, if you can link yourself to any branch of the royal fam at any point in the last millenia (and there must be tens of thousands of people that can) you can say your descended from Anglo-Saxon nobility. So he wasn't necessarily full of it.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:55 AM
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It's not that unusual for Americans to be related to British Royalty.

Every 4-8 years we are treated to just how closely the president elect is related to someone in the Royal Family.

Last edited by John Mace; 12-19-2013 at 07:55 AM.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:09 AM
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So he wasn't necessarily full of it.
When I looked up the earldom that he claimed he is heir to there is no trace of him there and his claimed Swedish high nobility background also seems to be somewhat shady.
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:53 AM
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Edgar the Aethling had two sisters, Margaret and Christina. After the Norman Conquest, Margaret left England and ended up in Scotland, where she married Malcolm II, King of Scots. They had several children.

Through their sons, all subsequent kings and queens of Scotland were descended from the Wessex royal house. That includes James VI, who became James I of England and is the ancestor of all subsequent English and British kings and queens.

In addition, Margaret and Malcolm had a daughter, Matilda, who married Henry I of England. Their daughter, also named Matilda, was the mother of Henry II. All subsequent kings and queens of England and then Britain are descended from Henry II.

So, if a person can trace ancestry back to either the Scottish or English/British royal families, they are descended from the Wessex royal family (subject of course to the usual disclaimer that there can always be slips along the way if a wife has an affair and passes the child off as the child of her husband).
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:07 AM
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So, short answer: the most well-known descendant of the royal house of Wessex is Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:36 AM
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All the ancient monarchs of every country should be dug up and their DNA compared to that of the modern monarchs.

When it's proven the modern monarch who claims descent couldn't possibly be, he or she should be ousted and the country/political union be made republics.

That's what I'd decree when I'm king of the world.
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