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A long line of bastards
Actress Brooke Shields has a pretty impressive pedigree -- hanging from her family tree are Catherine de Medici and Lucrezia Borgia, Charlemagne and El Cid, William the Conqueror and King Harold II, vanquished by William at the Battle of Hastings.

Shields also descends from five popes, a whole mess of early New England settlers, and the royal houses of virtually every European country. She counts Renaissance pundit Niccolo Machiavelli and conquistador Hernando Cortes as ancestors.

What is it about Brooke Shields? Well, nothing special -- at least genealogically.

Even without a documented connection to a notable forebear, experts say, the odds are virtually 100 percent that every person on Earth is descended from one royal personage or another.
The article goes on to show that lots of people descend from Edward III of England, Mohammed, and/or Genghis Khan. Fascinating stuff, sort of like the fact that one out of every four breaths we take contains a molecule of Julius Caesar's dying breath. Maybe all those Irish-immigrant claims about descending from the kings of Ireland aren't so farfetched after all.

My father, for one, loves to tell the story of how one of our poshest, snootiest Brazilian relatives went to Portugal to research his genealogy and had his heart broken when he found the bastard son of a princess in the mix. My father prefers to turn it around and brag that our family have been bastards since 1300 AD.

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thesirannon From: thesirannon Date: August 13th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe all those Irish-immigrant claims about descending from the kings of Ireland aren't so farfetched after all.


There was an article about that a few months ago,too...
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/10892117/
miketroll From: miketroll Date: August 13th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the few people who do succeed in tracing their ancestry back 300 years should reflect how many generations that covers, and how many contemporaries must share their ancestry. Fortunately for most genealogy buffs, the trail goes cold 150-200 years back, if not sooner, so they can still bask in the hidden promise...
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florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: August 14th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting stuff. I haven't gone much into my genealogy (other than the 14th-century princess) but the Mr. has some interesting relatives in his past, including Mary Todd Lincoln and the founder of a town in South Carolina. The town moved its founder's grave recently to a memorial in the town square and we went for the dedication. It was quite an event.
ottawabill From: ottawabill Date: August 14th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

I hate factoids like " Fascinating stuff, sort of like the fact that one out of every four breaths we take contains a molecule of Julius Caesar's dying breath."

......because it instantly reminds me that they just chose to focus on his "dying breath" and not the greater accumulation of "other gases" that might have escaped his body and all the other bodies since. Maybe that goes a longer way to explaining global warming than areosol sprays ?
florafloraflora From: florafloraflora Date: August 14th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, great.

Thank you, sir, thankyouvairmuch fuh that image. (*read with Elvis voice*)
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