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Genuissa / Venissa Julia, Queen of Siluria

Also Known As: "Genissa", "Genuissa", "Genvissa", "Gwenivyth", "Vanessa", "Venissa", "Venus Julia"
Death: (Date and location unknown)
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Daughter of Unknown Father of Genuissa
Wife of Arvirargus Gweirdd ap Cunobelin, King of the Catuvellauni
Mother of Eurgen of Siluria ap Caradog, Princess Of Britain; Saint Claudia; St. Cyllin / Marius ap Caradog, King of Britain; Linus Lleyn "The Martyr" ap Caradoc, Pope, 1st Bishop of Rome and Guid Gen ap Caradog

Occupation: Queen of Siluria
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About Genuissa, Queen of Siluria

Venissa (Genissa, Genvissa, Genuissa), according to Geoffrey of Monmouth's 12th century Historia Regum Britanniae, was a daughter of the Roman Emperor Claudius, whom he gave in marriage to the British king Arvirargus after he had submitted to Rome.

According to Geoffrey's account she was very beautiful, and so enchanted Arvirargus that he preferred her company to anyone else's. He founded Gloucester, supposedly named after Claudius, in her honour. When Arvirargus fell out with Rome and Vespasian was sent to enforce a reconciliation, Venissa acted as mediator between them.

Venissa cannot be considered historical. She is not mentioned in authentic Roman history; her supposed husband Arvirargus is known only from a cryptic reference in Satire IV, a 2nd century satirical poem by Juvenal; and it is in any case inconceivable that a daughter, even an illegitimate daughter, of a Roman emperor could be given in marriage to a barbarian without attracting comment. Nonetheless, she and her husband, identified with the historical Caratacus, appear in many uncritical genealogies originating in the Tudor period.

Genuissa married Gweirydd (Aruirage or Arvirargus), King of the Britons, son of Cynfelyn (Cymbeline), King of the Britons. "Was neuer king more highly magnifide, Nor dred of Romanes, then was Aruirage, For which the Emperour to him allide His daughter Genuiss' in marriage: Yet shortly he renounst the vassalage Of Rome againe, who hither hastly sent Vespasian, that with great spoile and rage Forwasted all, till Genuissa gent Perswaded him to ceasse, and her Lord to relent."

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth's twelfth-century Historia Regum Britanniae, she was a daughter of the Roman Emperor Claudius, whom he gave in marriage to the British king Arvirargus (Gweirydd) once he had submitted to Rome. His nobles persuaded Gweirydd to abandon his plans for battle and to accept the proposals of Claudius. Their argument was that it could be no disgrace for him to submit to the Romans, since they were the acknowledged overlords of the whole world. Gweirydd was swayed by these arguments and by others of a similar nature. He accepted their advice and submitted to Claudius.

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BIRTH: Abt 20 A.D. in Lugundum, Gaul - now Lyons, Rhone-Alpes, France


FATHER: NERO, Tiberius Claudius II ap Drusus - in Lugundum, Gaul - now Lyons, Rhone-Alpes, France

MOTHER: Valeria MESSALINA - in Lugundum, Gaul - now Lyons, Rhone-Alpes, France


BIRTH: Abt 10 A.D. in Isle of Avalon, Somerset, England (Britain)


1. Marius Meric ap AVARIGUS - Abt 40 A.D. in Montgomeryshire, Powys, Wales (Britain)

2108788192027529. Queen Of Brittany Venus Julia (Venissa) ROMAN EMPIRE,1601,1746 daughter of Emperor Rome Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus ROMAN EMPIRE and Augusta Agrippina "The Younger" ROMAN EMPIRE, was born in 25 in Rome, Roma, , Lazio, Italy and died in Britain. Other names for Venus were Queen of Brittany Genuissa ROMAN EMPIRE, and Queen of Brittany Venissa ROMAN EMPIRE.

General Notes:

Caradoc and Julia took up residence in Britain and ruled the province with notable success, avoiding much of the civil unrest that plagued other provincial rulers of the time. They were contemporaries with Boudicca and Prasutagus, the legendary Icenian rulers.

This genealogical material is derived from the Historia Britonum, a 9th century legendary history that purported to relate the history of British inhabitants from earliest times, tracing their kings to Troy. The text has been much expanded and amended in the retelling and was used by uncritical medieval chroniclers to write histories of both England and Wales, for want of more reliable sources. None of this tale is confirmed in any of the contemporary Roman historical sources.470

Venus married King Arviragus BRITAIN 1601 in <, , , Great Britain>. Arviragus was born in 50 in , Avalon, Southern England and died in 74 at age 24.

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Genuissa, Queen of Siluria's Timeline

Age 9
Great Britain
Age 18
AD 36
Age 24
Age 24
England, United Kingdom
Age 29
Trevan, Llanilid, Glamorganshire, Wales
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