The Vikings Meets the British Monarchy Meets Genealogy

The ancient Celts built forts by taking large stones and placing them in a circle or row on top of a hill. Another name for this ancient primitive fortification is Danish fort, known for having double wall protection.

In Britain, in 823 A.D., the King of Wessex attacked the King of Mercia. The legend remains, “The River Ellendune ran red with blood and blocked with ruin.” Ellendune was originally the Dun of Ella, an ancient fortress. The winner of the battle was the King of Wessex, Egbert. His story is portrayed in the television series, The Vikings. After Egbert won the battle, he gained so much power that his overlordship became the British Monarchy as we know it today.

If you have the surname Duncan, Dunbar, Dunker, Dundee, Dunmore or Dunster, or a name that begins with dun, your ancestors may have dwelt among the ancient Celts.

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The Conspiracy Theories Surrounding Princess Diana’s Death…

TheCelticPrinceCoverGOLDThere are those who believe that Princess Diana’s death was not an accident. Conspiracy theories abound. There’s the belief that because she was associating with extremely powerful and wealthy Arabs, of whom the queen did not approve, she was assassinated. And there’s a belief that some nefarious Freemasonry cult used her as a symbolic sacrifice. If you need more detail on these conspiracies, you’ll have to google them. I read the former in a news magazine years ago and the latter came straight from someone’s mouth. I had a hard time understanding but it had something to do with the royal family and being named after the ancient goddess. I’m not one to randomly believe hearsay but I’ve always wondered what was the significance of Princess Diana’s name, so I read up on it.Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

The Greeks had a mythological goddess named Artemis. The Romans called her Diana. (Diana means goddess.) She was the daughter of Zeus and the sister of Apollo. She’s associated with hunting and you’ll see her with a bow and arrow. Diana… nature goddess… virgin goddess. And for women who worshipped her during childbirth, she was the moon-goddess. Artemis is even mentioned in the Bible and through the ages, who and what Artemis (Diana) was, grew distorted from the original Greek myth, even evoking human sacrifice. Thus the connection to the conspiracy that she was killed and that the tragic car accident in Paris was deliberate.

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English History… the Nobles Spoke French… Illiterate Peasants Spoke English

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I just finished reading an article about the Magna Carta. (The Rule of History by Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, April 20, 2015.) Lepore writes about England’s King John and how in 1215 he signed the Magna Carta. She writes:

“Magna Carta is written in Latin. The King and the barons spoke French. ‘Par les denz Dieu!’ the King liked to swear, invoking the teeth of God. The peasants, who were illiterate, spoke English.”

I shouldn’t have been surprised that the King and barons spoke French. Being a fan of early European history, I know that in 1066, William the Conqueror claimed his right to the English throne. William was from Normandy and spoke French. But, because English has been perfected and many take great pride in their mastery of it, it’s strange to think of those who spoke English as being, “illiterate.”

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The King’s Singing Led to His Whereabouts

During the 1100s it was very fashionable for nobles to write poetry, strum a musical instrument and sing love songs. These singing minstrels were called troubadours. Quite often the nobles hired professional musicians to sing their songs for them. These professional musicians were called jongleurs. One of history’s well-known kings, Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lion-Hearted, was one of these noble troubadours who hired a jongleur and together they created songs. When the Duke of Austria captured King Richard and hid him in a castle, the king’s former musical collaboration helped England find him. The jongleur searched high and low for the king, going to castles and standing outside, singing the songs that he and the king had composed together. One day outside a German castle, the jongleur sang the words to one of their songs. It was with great joy when he heard the voice of his captive king sing the next verse.

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What’s Queen Elizabeth’s Relation to the Boelyn Sisters?

I must admit that I saw the movie about the Boelyn Sisters and I was confused. Henry VIII had so many wives, how are we expected to sort it all out, especially when you throw in his sister, Mary Queen of Scots, into the story? Let’s forget Mary for now, she was the king’s daughter who got married off to the king of Scotland, she and Henry VIII were brother and sister. King Henry VIII was married six times, his daughter; Elizabeth was the daughter he had with Anne Boleyn. Today’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, his sons Prince Harry and Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Windsor and their new baby George are the descendants of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.

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England’s Multi-Ethnic Royal Family

Looking into the tree of England’s Royal Family, you’ll see a European mix of ancestry and some Middle Eastern too. If you look carefully at one of Queen Elizabeth’s crowns, you’ll see the Maltese cross, symbolizing England’s historic ties to Germany. The Viking/Norwegian ancestry comes from William the Conqueror who invaded England back in 1066 and a pretty French girl may also play a part in this story.

Moving ahead in history, Henry VII hoped to bring Scottish ties to the family, so married his daughter Margaret, to the King of Scotland. Margaret is famously known as Mary Queen of Scots. This same Henry married his son Arthur to the Princess of Spain, Catherine of Aragon. There appear to be Jewish ties too, though they go back further into ancient history. I think it’s fair to say that like most of us, England’s Royal Family is multi-ethnic.

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What is the Royal Forest of England?

In Medieval England, after the invasion of William the Conqueror, English kings understood the importance of preserving land that sustained animals they hunted for food. They also understood their lush forests were valuable holdings and used them to smooze other royals and privileged guests. During this Medieval period, a third of Southern England was appropriated as “Royal Forest.” In this land of superb hunting, the laws were different. I suppose it would be similar to living within the boundaries of one of America’s National Parks, where the rules are different, except in medieval England, breaking “forest laws” sometimes called for severe punishment. But… those who lived within the boundaries of a Royal Forest were not entirely excluded, as evidenced in this statement from the Encyclopedia Britannica of 1884, “and in the remaining royal forests of England the inhabitants of the neighboring villages yet claim their ancient right of “pannage,” turning their hogs into the woods in October and November.” The peasants were fattening their hogs on the acorns that covered the forest floor in the fall.

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