I am your 16th cousin, once removed. There are many Kings, Queens and Emperors in the line--William the Conqueror, Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, many Kings of Ireland, Scotland, Mercia, Wessex, Northumbria, Kent, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, several Emperors of the Roman and Holy Roman empires and various leaders of the Picts, Jutes, Burgundians, Visigoths and other barbarian sorts. Other interesting kin include Lady Godiva and Leofric. Two of the Browns (Sir George and Sir Anthony) were executed by Richard III--one was beheaded in the Tower of London. Keep looking--they're all there.
Ah, well, another path to Henry II, as my 25th GGF - by way of the Winthrop and Browne lines. We'd heard from a Winthrop cousin through her contact with an old woman on the Isle of Wight who descended from the Brownes our family went way back, but we were never able to get the information from her. Don't know what became of the research she had...
Aimee thanks a lot for you message. Yes, Henry II does seem to be one of my 23rd great grand fathers & Aliénor d'Aquitaine one of my 23rd great grand mothers. But .. wouldn't they be the ancestors of billions of people today? - Before I go I'd like to quote a fragment of the article "Descended from Jesus? Do the math" published in the Los Angeles Times by Steve Olson on May 19, 2006: "Essentially, whether you have descendants is an all-or-nothing proposition in the long run, as two coauthors and I showed in an article in the scientific journal Nature a couple of years ago. If a person has four or five grandchildren, that person will almost certainly be an ancestor of the entire world population two or three millenniums from now. And if a person lived longer than two or three millenniums ago, that person is either an ancestor of everyone living today or of no one living today". Steve Olson is the author of two nonfiction trade books: Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2002. Well I thought it was quite interesting..
María Cristina, what you have quoted here is the core of this discussion. Yes, if we research our roots, we come to the conclusion that we are descendants of almost all the well known persons of history. That is one of the reasons we belong to the "Western world". We are lucky, at least, to get to know in detail how that happens. I have made some calculations. In the 23rd line of ancestors there are more than 4 million people, but if you go further back to the line 45th you'll find that the figure outnumbers the population of the world that year. Somehow and someplace in time the tree narrows down, and we happen to be great grandsons of the same person through multiple lines. At the same time, you get related to kings, dukes and princes mainly because they were among the ones who cared about their bloodlines and registered that information, and it is because of that information that we have been able to establish the links. The bottom line is that in this 21st century we all have a very similar lifestyle, and the world has become a global village. Très interessant n'est-ce pas ?
Don't allow anyome to downplay what an awesome bloodline that you have Aimee and others of you also related to the Plantagenet Royal Bloodline of England, France and Europe. Be proud of it.
This is all sooooo cool. I love it. All of it. The good and the bad. They were the movers and shakers of their time and I am proud of them. As for history, it is what it is!
Greetings from another distant cousin! a brit in sunny southern California.... Constantine I, Charlemagne, and a couple of Valentinians in there too.... Isabel Kennedy of Bargany had incredible genetics, which over 800 of us share. It's nice to know that the spear of destiny was held in our GGG (etc) hands huh!