Re: Claims of Royal Descent
- From: "Drew" <drewdaily@xxxxxxx>
- Date: 11 Sep 2006 14:41:09 -0700
This seems to defy simple logic. There are roughly 6.5 billion people
in the world today. 1 out of every 6 people being a descendant of
Charlemagne seems like complete nonsense. Clearly Charlemagne's
descendants, the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren ....
while however prolific in their siring, in no way could have possibly
woven their way into 1 out of every 6 people alive in the world today.
China's rough population is about 1.3 billion. I doubt many, if any,
of Charlemagne's descendants are responsible for China's population.
So, now we are down to 1 in 5 people in the world. This is extremely
To return to Charlemagne, according to thepeerage.com. (Genealogics
seems to be unavailable at the moment) he had 4 children, 11
grandchildren, and 13 greatgrandchildren. Assuming the descendants
double in number every generation on average, over the course of 25
generations we come to some 436,207,616 of royal descent. Of course
cousin marriages would reduce this number, but the births of unknown
and unknowable numbers of illegitimates would dramatically increase it.
Today I can access Leo's Genealogics, where one finds enumerated 18
children, 13 grandchildren and 34 greatgrandchildren of Charlemagne. By
these figures one arrives at an estimate of something in the
neighborhood of 1,138,501,878 descendants living today. As noted, this
does not take into account cousin marriages, illegitimates whose
ancestry is not likely to be traceable, nor does it include genetic
bottlenecks like the Black Plague. But the original point, that
Charlemagne's descendants today probably number in the hundreds of
millions, stands. Of course, as some one once pointed out, we are also
quite likely to be descended from his stable boy as well.
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