Genealogical ties that bind mankind together have always been important, especially so when the only accepted form of government was a monarchy. They gave the world an understandable form of government until mankind, in general, became better educated and other forms of government evolved.
However, some aspects of royalty seem to have disappeared with the monarchical system. Which President would build himself a Versailles, or would have portraits painted of a potential bride?
The special world that divided mankind into classes,
is slowly disappearing, but much of it is still around us. And it
is the human side of people we try to preserve, the knowledge how
they were related to each other, as well as what they looked like.
However, as a family tree without supplying some biographical details
about these people is a very empty knowledge, attempts are made to supply
biographical details, however brief.
Copyright 1995-1999 Brigitte Gastel Lloyd and Leo van de Pas