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Royalty for Commoners. The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Philippa. Fourth Edition. Roderick W. Stuart . (1995), 1998, cloth, Index, xii + 382 pp.
This is the 4th Edition of Royalty for Commoners, substantially longer
than the 3rd Edition, with vastly improved indexes and a host of essential new
material. Royalty for Commoners is the first book ever to document the
complete known genealogy of John of Gaunt, son of King Edward III and Queen
Philippa. The importance of this documentation is that any commoner who can
connect his or her own family lineage to that of John of Gaunt can now be shown
to share the same basic royal heritage as the most noble knight--the complete
heritage, not just the Plantagenet ascent. This is the usual lineage through
which a commoner can enter the domain of European royalty, though one might
enter the lineage at any number of points.
Typically, the American descendant has several colonial ancestors, one or
more of whom can be traced to European beginnings. Using over 2,000 published
sources, as well as the spectacular resources of the Internet, Mr. Stuart here
offers the researcher a multitude of possibilities, pointing the reader to
numerous descents of which he may be completely unaware.
This new 4th Edition offers significant improvements over the previous
edition by adding crucial new data and expanding its two indexes and
cross-reference system. The changes included are as follows:
- More data has been added about various individuals. Personal data such as
birth, death, and marriage information is now more complete and more accurate.
- The Title Index--which now includes all titles, not just the most
important ones--has an additional 1,600 listings.
- The General Index has been expanded by more than 1,000 names with titles,
some of which are alternate names for people already listed.
- The cross-reference system used in the book has been refined and expanded.
- Some lines that were previously deleted have been restored, some new lines
have been added, and some existing lines have been extended further into
"This book has been used extensively by researchers through reprints for ten
years. Its refinement with each edition makes it a better reference, one that
you will want to have on hand to further extend your English ancestry"--CompuServe
"Since a considerable number of American immigrants were descended from John of
Gaunt, this volume will be of interest to a wide audience."--The Virginia
"It is a great book if you have gotten this far back in time"--FGS Forum
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