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Royal Genealogical Data Research Books
used by Brian C. Tompsett

Department of Computer Science, University of Hull
Hull, UK, HU6 7RX
[email protected]

For details of the Lineages of world Royal Families:

 "Dynasties of the World" by John E. Morby, Oxford University Press, 1989.
 republished as
 "The Wordsworth Handbook of Kings & Queens", Wordsworth 1994.

 "Larousse Pocket Guide to Kings & Queens of Britain and Europe", Larousse,
  1995, eds M. Lee & M. Kelly.

For the basic British Royal Lineage with modern data

 "The Royal Line of Sucession - The British Monarchy from Cerdic AD534 to  Queen Elizabeth" by 
Patrick W. Montague-Smith (Late Editor, Debrett's Peerage)

 Pitkin Pictorials, 1986.

and also
 "Kings and Queens of Great Britain" by Anne Tauté. Hamish Hamilton, Penguin   1990. (a large 

For breadth of coverage, but beware of errors (there are a lot of them!)

 "The Royal Families of England Scotland and Wales - With pedigrees of Royal  descents in 
illustration." by Sir Bernard Burke, Harrison, 1876.

 "Europaische Stammtafeln. Stammtafeln zur Geschichte de Europaischen Staaten"
 by von Frank Baron Freytag von Loringhoven. 1964.

 Band III. Die Konige von Grossbritannien.  (In German)

 "The English and Norman Conquest" by Ann Williams, The Boydell Press, 1995.

 "King Alfred The Great" by Alfred P. Smyth, Oxford University Press, 1995.

For details of Lancastrian and York Royal families and the families of Clarence-
Mortimer, Beaufort, Holland, Stafford and Bourchier and Neville. Correcting
Burkes' Errors.

 "Lancaster and York - A century of English History (AD 1399 - 1485)" by Sir James H. Ramsey, 
Oxford University Press, 1892. (2 Vols)

For details of the Fitzalan family and the Dukes of Arundel

 "Thomas Arundel - A study of Church Life in the Reign of Richard II" by    Margaret Aston, Oxford 
University Press, 1967.

For detail on the de Montford's, de Clare's, the house of Savoyard and the links to the Welsh and 
Scottish lines

 "Edward Plantagenet (Edward I) The English Justinian or The Making of the  Common Law" by 
Edward Jenks, Putnam's, 1902.

The links with the house of Savoyard

 "Edward I" by L.F. Salzman, Constable, 1968.

The house of de Valois

 "Genesis of Lancaster or The Three Reigns of Edward II, Edward III, Richard II  1307-1399" by 
James Ramsay, Oxford, 1913. "The Scholars History of England,  Volume V.

The links between de Valois, the Low Countries, Burgundy and England:

 "England and the Low Countries in the Middle Ages", edited by  C. Barron & N. Saul, Allan Sutton 
Publishing, 1995.

Details of the early ancestors of the house of Guelph:

 "A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire" by 
Sir Bernard Burke, 18th Edition, 1856.

 "The Complete Peerage or a history of the house of  Lords and all its members  from the earliest 
times" by G.E. Cokayne revised by G.H. White, 1953.

The siblings of William the Conqueror, and  details of the de la Poles:

Dukes of Suffolk: Volume XII.

The bastards of Henry I, ibid Volume XI.

The bastards of Charles II, ibid Volume VI.

The Earls of Pembroke and the Earls of Orkney, ibid Volume X.

The Earls of Thomond, ibid Volume XII pt 1.

The Earls of Huntingdon, ibid Volume VI.

The Dukes of Norfolk, idid Volume IX.

For details of the de Valence line

 "Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke 1307-1324. Baronial Politics in the Reign  of Edward II" by 
J.R.S. Phillips, 1972.

For details of the links between Eleanor of Castile and other lines:

 "The Court and Household of Eleanor of Castile in 1290. An edition of the British Library 
Additional Manuscript 35294 with introduction and Notes"  by John Carmi Parsons, 1977.

For details of modern desendant of James I, Prussian royals and general Peerage details:

 "Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the Peerage Baronetage and   Knightage Privy 
Council & order of precedence" 99th Edition, 1949.

For details of the Counts of Aumale as decended from the Dukes of Normandy:

 "The Lords of Holderness 1086-1260. A Study in Feudal Society" by Barbara English, Hull 
University Press, 1991.

For details of the Kings of Castile and Leon:

 "The Learned King. The Reign of Alfonso X of Castile" by Joseph F. O'Callaghan, University of 
Pennsylvania Press, 1993.

For details of the Angevin Kings:

 "King John" by Ralph V. Turner, Longman, 1994.

For details of Piers Gaveston:

 "Piers Gaveston Earl of Cornwall 1307-1312. Politics and Patronage in the Reign of Edward II" by 
J.S. Hamilton. Wayne State University Press, 1988.

Links between the Scandanavian Houses:

 "Medieval Scandinavia. From conversion to reformation circa 800-1500" 
 by Birgit & Peter Sawyer. University of Minnesota Press, 1993.

 "Nachkommen Gorms des Alten" by S. Otto Brenner, extracts provided by Gary K. Jacobson 

Further details on the Earls of Orkney:

 "Orkneyinga Saga. The History of the Earls of Orkney" translation by Herman Palsson & Paul 
Edwards. Penguin 1981.

For Links between the central European Houses:

 "Lithuania Ascending. A Pagan empire within east-central Europe 1295-1345"
 by S.C. Rowell. Cambridge University Press, 1994.

The last Plantagenet:

 "The Lisle Letters. An Abridgement" by Muriel St. Clare Byrne & Bridget Boland.
 The University of Chicago Press, 1983.

"The Courtiers of Henry VIII" by David Mathew. Eyre & Spottiswood, 1970.

Early Kings of Kent, Wessex, Bernicia, Northumbria, East-Anglia, Essex, Deira:
 "Kings & Queens of Britain" by David Williamson (co-editor Bedrett's).

 The Promotional Reprint Company, 1991. Originally Webb & Bower.

The Carolingans and Franks:

 "The Frankish Kingsdoms under the Carolingians 751-987" by Rosamond McKitterick.
 Longman 1983.

Medieval France:

 "Charles the Bald" by Janet L. Nelson. Longmans 1992.

 "The Angevin Legacy and the Hundred Years War 1250-1340" by Malcolm Vale.
 Blackwell 1990.

 "A History of France, 1460-1560 The emergence of a Nation State" by  David Potter, New 
Studies in Medieval History, Macmillan, 1995.

Modern data:

 "HRH The Princess of Wales" Ladybird Books, 1982.

For the Kings of Ireland:

 "A New History of Ireland" Volume IX Maps, Genealogies, Lists. edited by Moody, Martin, Byrne. 
Oxford University Press, 1984.

 "The Geraldines. An experiment in Irish Government 1169-1601" by  Brian FitzGerald. Staples 
Press, 1951.

 "History of the O'Briens from Brian Boroimhe" by Hon. Donough O'Brien.
 Batsford, 1949.

For Crusader States:

 "Saladin and the Fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem"  by Stanley Lane-Poole.
 Khayats, Beirut, 1964 (Reprint).

 "The Age of the Crusades. The Near East from the eleventh century to 1517"
 by P.M. Holt. Longmans, 1986.


 "The Foundations of Scotland" by Agnes Mure Mackenzie, Oliver & Boyd, 1937.

 "The Stewart Kingdom of Scotland 1371-1603" by Caroline Bingham, Weidenfeld &
 Nicholson, 1974.

For Medieval Iberia:
 "The Medieval Crown of Aragon, a Short History" by T.N. Bisson, 1991.
  (Data extracted by Tom Camfield )

 "The History of Medieval Spain" by Joseph F. O'Callaghan. Cornell University  Press, 1975.

 "The Reconquest of Spain" by Derek W. Lomax. Longman, 1978.

 "The Worlds of Alfonso the Learned & James the Conqueror. Intellect & Force in the Middle 
Ages" ed Robert I. Burns. Princeton University Press, 1985.

 Kings of Iberia by Paul Theroff. Net Posting 03/05/94, via Rik Vigeland  ([email protected])

For Arabic/Iberian Links:

 "Muslim Spain" by Anwar G. Cheine. University of Minnesota Press,1974.

 "Arab Blood Royal" by Forrest E. Barber. "The Augustan", Vol XVIII, No. 4,   pp 115-124.

For Islamic Lines:

 "Islamic Surveys 5: The Islamic Dynasties. A chronological and genealogical handbook" by 
Clifford E. Bosworth. Edinburgh Univeristy Press, 1967.

 "The Encylopeadia of Islam" 1927-1994.

For Biblical lines:

 The Bible, Authorized Version. (i.e. James VI version)

For the Dukes of Burgundy:

 The House of Burgundy by Paul Theroff. Net Posting via Rik Vigeland  ([email protected])

 "Les Grands Ducs de Bourgogne" by Joseph Calmette. Albin Michel, 1949. Or
 "The Golden Age of Burgundy" by Joseph Calmette translated by Doreen 
  Weightman, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1963.

The Medici's:

 "Henri II" by Ivan Cloulas, Fayard, 1985. (In French)

 "Catherine de Medicis" by Ivan Cloulas, Fayard, 1979. (In French)

 "Caterina de'Medici" by Orsola Nemi & Henry Furst, Rusconi, 1980. (In Italian)

Links to the Governors of Virginia:

 "The Royal Descents of 500 Imigrants" by Gary Boyd Roberts, Genealogical  Publishing, 1993. 
(Data extracted by Michael Clark and  Ed Chapman Jan 1995 )

Link to Lady Godiva:

 Netposting by Todd Farmerie  6 Feb 1995 and Tom Camfield. 

The de Clares:

 "A Baronial Family in Medieval England: The Clares, 1217-1314" by Michael Altschul. John 
Hopkins Press, 1965.

The Spencers:

 "A Short History of Althorp and the Spencer Family" (An early 1950's guide  to Althorp)

Early Viking details:

  The Prologue of,

 "The Prose Edda" by Snorri Sturluson. Translation by Athur Brodeur.

 The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Volume V, 1929.

 "The Heimskringla (The Stories of the Kings of Norway called the Round of  the World)" by Snorri 
Sturlason. Translated by William Morris and  Eirikir Magnusson. Volume 4. Bernard Quaritch, 

Jacobite descendants:

 "Lady Nithsdale and the Jacobites" by Flora Maxwell Stuart of Traquair
  Traquair House, HMSO, 1995.

Dukes of Norfolk:

 "The Howard Papers: with a biographical pedigree and criticism" by  H. Kent Staple Causton, 

The Cliffords:

  "The House of Clifford from before the Conquest" by Hugh Clifford of Chudleigh, 1987, 

 The Kennedy's:

  "Culzean Castle & Country Park" (guidebook), National Trust for Scotland, 1992.

 The Cecil's of Burghley:

  "Burghley House" (guidebook), by Lady Victoria Letham, Jon Culverhouse,  & Dr. Eric Till, 
English Life Publications, 1989.

 The Sykes of Sledmere:

  "Sledmere House" (guidebook), Sledmere House, Jarrold Publishing, 1988.

 Miscelaneous Links to English Gentry:

 "Burke's Landed Gentry", 17th Edition, 1952.

 "The Paston Family in the fifteenth century" by Colin Richmond, CUP 1990.

 Canonised Royalty:

 "A Calendar of Saints. The lives of the Principal Saints of the Christian Year" by James Bentley. 
Orbis Publishing 1986. Republished by Little, Brown and Co 1993 & 1994.

 The Family of Earl Derby:

 "The Derby Diaries" edited by John Vincent, The Royal Historical Society, 1994.

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