Christopher M. Cevasco, Author

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Prince William & 1066

I refer to the current prince, soon to marry Kate Middleton.  Unsurprisingly, the current British royals trace decent from the Norman, William the Conqueror, who in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings wrested the English crown from Harold Godwineson, last of the Anglo-Saxon kings.  Interestingly, William the Conqueror’s son, King Henry I, married a niece of Edgar the Ætheling (who briefly resisted the conquest), and through this marriage the current Prince William might therefore also be considered an “ætheling”, meaning he carries the ancient bloodline of King Alfred the Great and the House of Wessex.  Neither Harold Godwineson nor the Norman Conqueror were even æthelings!  But most surprising of all, because Harold’s daughter Gytha married a Russian prince after her father’s death at Hastings, and because both Queen Elizabeth II and her husband descend from this union, the current royals have also returned the blood of Harold Godwineson to the throne!  Now… if only there were some way to trace Kate Middleton back to the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada, 1066-geeks everywhere (like me) would be swooning…

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