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DavidV

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The Anscarids provided, among others, rulers of Burgundy and Spain as well as the medieval Kingdom of Italy. Berengar II and his oldest son Adalbert (direct male-line ancestor of the Trastamara kings of Spain) were co-kings from 950 until the latter's death in 962. Berengar was the son of the Margrave of Ivrea Anscario I, his brother Anscar II fathered a line called the di Mosezzo, of which details are uncertain.

Another younger brother of Berengar II, Adalbert, was count of Pombia. His son Dado was succeeded by Arduin. Arduin was a rival claimant to the throne of Italy against the Ottonian Henry II. Arduin is a likely ancestor of a number of Piedmontese noble houses: Castallamonte, Aglie, Brosso and Rivarolo. I'm not certain if any of these lines have survived into modern times.
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Two famous Queens of England were of that line. The first, Eleanor of Castile, first wife of Edward I and mother of Edward II, was commemorated by twelve crosses marking the route her body took from Lincolnshire, where she died, to Westminster Abbey to be entombed. Only three still stand, several having been destroyed by the Parliamentarians during the Civil War on the grounds that they were monuments to idolatry, others simply having fallen victim to the centuries. One of the three is at Waltham in Hertfordshire, now known as Waltham Cross on account of it. The Charing Cross, the former site of which is the official centre of London from which all distances to the capital are measured, was one of the victims of Puritan vandalism. A statue of Charles I took its place after the Restoration; the cross outside Charing Cross Station is a Victorian replica.

The second Queen of this house was Catherine of Aragon, whose story hardly needs recounting here. Her father Ferdinand II was the last male of the line, and her sister Juana I the last member of it. The other Spanish Queens of England, Berengaria of Navarre, wife of Richard I, and Joan of Navarre, second wife of Henry IV, were respectively members of the native Jimenez line and of a branch of the Capetians.
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Pope Calixtus II, who opposed lay-investiture and presided over the Concordat of Worms in 1122, was also an Anscarid.
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And this: http://www.terrediannibale.com/oliomontaltino/azienda.asp

The Valperga family descends directly in the male line from Arduin of Ivrea, if this is correct.
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More research on the descendants of Arduin has come up with the websites of the Lorenzato branch of the Canavese line:
http://www.realivrea.org/institucional.php?idioma=ingles&pagina=Family&cod_id=1 (genealogy)
https://www.facebook.com/anscarids

While we tend to be suspicious of those claiming descent from long-lost royalty, I believe this does not fit the "usual suspect". They would thus be the heirs to a fascinating period of European history, the closure of the second half of the 1st Millennium AD, erroneously called "Dark Ages" for Europe, but in fact the source of most Western European royalty, aristocracy and indeed commoners. It was Charlemagne who gave Western Europe its first stable state system following the fall of Rome.

The north of Italy came under Lombard and then Frankish rule, and would then become part of the Holy Roman Empire. However, the Anscarids provided at least three kings in the intervening years.

2015 will mark the 1000th anniversary of Arduin's death. He was King of Italy from 1002 to 1004, but was in opposition to and opposed by the Holy Roman Empire, which has resulted in hero status for him in some circles. The survival of Arduin's heirs to this day, which genealogy appears to confirm, is no less remarkable.
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