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From: Rania R Melhem <>
Subject: Re: Inbreeding
Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 13:45:05 -0500
There is also Edward , Prince of Wales (the Black Prince) who married Joan
of Kent, daughter of Edmnd , Earl of Kent the youngest son of Edward I.
This would make him Edward III's uncle and Joan her father-in-law's
On 25 May 1999 Michelle.Murphy% wrote:
> Back on the subject of inbreeding, James I of England was close to it by modern
> standards: his parents were first cousins. While this would not be at all
> unusual in Spain, I'd put forward the opinion that it WAS in England.
> Very few first cousins married in the royal family (as far as I know: I'm open
> to contradictions). The notable exception I can think of are the marriages of
> George Duke of Clarence and Richard III to the two daughters of Richard Neville,
> Duke of Warwick: Isabel and Anne. In both cases, the girls married their first
> cousins once removed (their father's first cousin), who was also their father's
> third cousin (George and Richard being great-grandsons of Edmund of Langley Duke
> of York, brother of John of Gaunt who was Isabel and Anne's great-great
> grandfather through his daughter Joan Beaufort). Furthermore, George and
> Richard's parents were second cousins (Cicely Neville's mother, Joan Beaufort,
> was Richard Earl of Cambridge's first cousin).
> However, none of the above, which is an example of the most tangled genealogical
> period in English history, namely the Wars of the Roses, features a marriage of
> first cousins. So did such a marriage, or one between uncle and niece, take
> place in the English royal family at any stage? And (slightly OT) how close is
> the exact relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip?
> Finally, going back to the first example, was the Earl of Lennox, a Stewart who
> married Margaret Douglas (daughter of Margaret Tudor) related closely to the
> royal Stuart family, which included James V of Scotland, Margaret Tudor's other
> Michelle Murphy
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