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Akritas

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Hello. My name is Simon, and I've been a monarchist for about two or three years by now. I consider myself, (Along with being a Monarchist of course) a Byzantine Reconstructionist.  I guess I should tell a bit about myself. 

I'm an American, (Though I'll most probably move from here when I get the chance,) with French, Hungarian, Welsh, and English ancestry. To my knowledge, I have at least two noble families in my blood, one being the honorable Mansells, who came over with William the Conqueror and settled in Wales. the other being the Webs who I confess to having little knowledge of. I myself am sixteen years of age, and as I confessed earlier, relatively new to Monarchism. See, like most Americans, I was given the impression that most things monarchical were synonymous with over decadence and corruption.

My first pro-monarchist notions were planted by a game called, "Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings" which featured many playable cultures, one of which was the Eastern Roman Empire more commonly known as the Byzantine Empire. Suffice it to say, my interest in them led me, (With the help of some Mad Monarchist blogs along the way) into the wider world of Monarchism which I have now found a place in.

If anyone's got a question about the Byzantines, or want to hear a tale or two about the Mansells, feel free to ask. Otherwise, I look forward to having many intelligent conversations with all of you.


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Welcome, you are the second 1999er to ever join this forum to my recollection! I look forward to your contributions here, and may I say you are very well-spoken for a high-schooler. 
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Welcome, Akritas, and I hope you find yourself comfortable here and we hear a lot more from you. I have a Byzantine question, well several really, to which I already have at least tentative answers. I don't know whether you have looked at any of my madly obsessive royal genealogy threads yet, but I have been contemplating a new entry for them and doing some preliminary research. The questions: 1) who is the earliest Eastern Emperor from whom there is certainly known descent to the present day? Clue: he's later than you'd think. 2) From how many Eastern Emperors is there such known descent? 3) From how many of these is there descent to present-day European royalty? 4) and last; from how many dynasties? Clue to all three: it's fewer than you'd think (plus #3 contains a mini-clue of its own). If you don't know the answers, well, they'll be along soon enough. And if you're not interested in the questions, that's fine, by no means all monarchists have even the slightest interest in royal genealogy, and there are many other related subjects to discuss.
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Welcome! I'm from Indiana too, though I now live in Texas.

When I'm not wishing I had been born many decades or centuries earlier, I sometimes wish I had been born a little later. When I was 16 (1994-95), without the internet, I felt like the only monarchist in the world.

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KYMonarchist

I would call it more eccentric then anything but thanks all the same. On the forums I heard you are pagan, and by your avatar I'm guessing you follow the Greek Gods. If that is the case, may I direct your attention to the late Byzantine philosopher Plethon, he may interest you.

Peter

Sorry, I don't have that much of a knowledge of Byzantine genealogy, and thus I hope to be pleasantly enlightened by your article. I don't envy you, Byzantine genealogy is a mess, especially in the later period. They regarded Princesses as important diplomatic tools. I do know that Prince William and Lady Kate are related to Isaac II Angelos, how I do not know. Also, don't forget to mention that Queen Anne of Romania has Palaiologan blood in her.

RoyalCello

Ah, which part? I'm near the Kentuckian border myself.

Also, a question. There are many threads that have been inactive for at least a few months that's topics I feel I can share my perspective on. I was wondering if I should post in them, create new ones, or simply wait till they become topics of discussion again?

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Thread necromancy is generally frowned on, but if a thread is only a few months old then reviving it doesn't count as that. Also, if you've genuinely got something to add to the topic then it doesn't matter how old it is. So if you've got something to say, please go ahead and say it. I should add that although 'moderator' appears by my name that only counts for the royal genealogy section, outside of that royalcello is the only person with authority. However, I have no doubt that he will agree with what I just said.

Isaac II Angelos is a universal ancestor of present-day European royalty, through his daughter Irene who married the German king Philipp of Hohenstaufen (youngest son of the Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa). He is also more doubtfully so through his daughter Euphrosyne, who may have married Roman the Great of Kiev as his second wife, however the identification is not certain. Again, the Emperor Andronicus II Palaiologos is a universal ancestor of today's European royal houses. Descent exists in some houses from later Emperors, but not all; Queen Anne of Romania does however have it, going all the way to Manuel II. See my 1453 note on posterities part three for an explanation of the latter descent.

I had made a start on my Byzantine project but then got distracted by other things. However, since you have expressed an interest I will get it done and posted sometime in the next few days.
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RoyalCello

Ah, which part? I'm near the Kentuckian border myself.

 

Indianapolis. I lived there from 1987 until graduating high school in 1996 and my parents still live there. I then went to college at IU Bloomington (1996-2000), so all in all spent thirteen years in Indiana, and often return there, next time at Christmas.

 

And yes feel free to comment on older threads that interest you. While one member of this forum is known for doing that a bit excessively, there is no rule against it.

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