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The last male Carolingian of legitimate line was Otto, Duke of Lower Lorraine, but evidently Eudes was the last of all. That's something I hadn't known, so belated thanks. The historical introduction is now complete, if anyone cares to read it. It turned out as long as I feared it would but I have done my best to make it readable, including breaking it into small and hopefully easily digestible portions, and it does I think bring out some interesting and curious points about the monarchs of the day.
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When I posted the full introduction last night I had been writing for nine hours straight, and although I read it I don’t know how many times before posting I knew there were going to be things I missed. So this morning I have read it through again and there were indeed some amendments to make, mostly minor though there was a case of mistaken identity in the section on Robert II of Scotland.

When I reread that on Fernando I of Portugal it occurred to me that, since I ended up writing rather more about his wicked Queen Leonor Telles de Meneses than about the King, it might be an idea to look for any crowned descendants of hers today; though her one child by Fernando that lived, the Infanta Beatrice, had no children Leonor also had issue from her first marriage, and being noble their descent might be traceable. My quest was successful, and this time I wasn’t too surprised at the identity of the monarch concerned. Though Albert II of Monaco has a paucity of mainstream royal blood compared to his fellow sovereigns he does have some interesting aristocratic lineages, and through one of them has the dubious honour of descent from this reviled figure in Portuguese history (stage I; stage II), which I felt was worth mentioning on the thread.

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