The Heptarchy Family Tree (+ Normans)

In response to numerous requests, I have created a family tree for the Heptarchy. It began just covering those houses, but now it has stretched to include the Norman period. This is a work in progress and will be updated as time allows.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions or requests!

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    1. What part of “It’s a work in progress” didn’t you understand? This person has worked hard on this and l, for one appreciate the effort.

      1. I don’t think it was a dig at Jamie – I think he’s genuinely saying he loves that one branch actually starts with Woden (I didn’t get the impression he’s bitching about the ??? – that’s pretty standard for the time, and all the work in the world isn’t going to fill the female gaps cause no one bothered to record them). It’s funny cause Woden is a god (Odin in Norse) and the likelihood of anyone *actually* being descended from Woden is silly, but they all believed it then and it’s neat that Jamie actually decided to toss Woden in there as an ancestor. You seem to be getting worked up over nothing – the dude just liked seeing a mythical god on a family tree, god forbid he get a kick out of it apparently!

      1. This would also be super helpful when we get to the Wars of the Roses, maybe with nicknames added. Every single son in every generation on both side seems to have named his children Richard, Edward and Henry. I listened to the Norman History podcast for a while, but I had to give up until I could have a visual guide to go with it – there’s approximately 4000 Roberts!

        1. That’s a great idea, because you’re absolutely right about the sheer nightmare of how the nobles were naming their kids during that era. It’s even worse than the flood of AEthels in the middle ages.

        2. Jamie – I second that, especially when they start out with one name, and then when they get a title, they’re known by a different name. It turns into Who’s On First really fast.

      2. Is there any chance of purchasing this as a wall chart…It would great and cause hours of discussion in our family>>>…

        1. I’ve been talking with Kat Moss about converting this into something more artistic. We’ll see. It’s on the backburner right now because it’ll be a huge project if we do that. :)

  1. Could you do a podcast on the meaning/ history of the various names, if there is any information available? History, genealogy, language, all rolled into one — right up your tree, so to speak.

    Thank you for your wonderful work. I just became a member.

    1. I might put something like that together… I’ll have to see if it works in an audio format (since it might just be boring to hear).

  2. Jamie, this is great. I have done a pretty extensive family tree of my own family and can now tie into this information and trace my own lineage to Woden. Pretty cool, heh. I don’t suppose you want to make it available in a Gedcom file….

  3. holy crap I cant believe that the English royal line was that complex much less that there are blood ties that far back

    1. This answer is a bit late, and you may already have figured it out, but here goes…

      George I’s grandmother was Elizabeth Stuart, sister of Charles I. So while Mary II and Anne were 1st cousins (shared grandfather in Charles I), George would have been their 2nd cousin (shared great-grandfather in James I/VI).

  4. I can’t imagine how much research and work went into this, Jamie! Thank you so much for sharing your passion with us!

  5. This is truly an amazing piece of work Jamie. I don’t think something as in-depth as this exists anywhere else. Must be hard to know where to stop, because links must keep coming. How you put this together would be a members podcast in it’s own right. *hint hint*

    I’d love to see a Welsh & Scots tree too. I’m not asking you to do that, coz I realise this is already a full on piece of work. But if you know of something similar, could you share that?

  6. This is a thing of beauty. And super helpful for me since I can track my ancestry back to some of these really early folks, (We’re all probably descended from these guys, we just don’t all have the paperwork!)

  7. Do you have some kind of text file or json file? I need some way to practice data visualization and I’ve been listening to this podcast a lot

  8. This is fascinating. I could read this for hours. Your Podcast inspired me to look further into my own origins. I was born in England in Chatham in Kent. My father’s ancestors are from Gloucestershire, mostly laborers from around Stroud. My mother’s family are South Eastern English. They are a family that has been in and around London for as long as there has been one. It turns out my deepest ancestor pledged allegiance to Malcom the 1st of Scotland and ended up as the gentry of the Isle of Wight. So there you go, even us scrubs can claim some of this history as our own. Yeah my DNA shows I truly am a Kentish man, in all it’s Danish, Frisian and British complexity.

  9. Great work! Very comprehensive. If there was some way to connect Saint Margaret of Scotland, mother of Edith/Matilda (every girl was Matilda for awhile!) who married King Henry I, as being the daughter of Edward the Exile, wayyyy over on the chart, that would be awesome. Henry I married Matilda in order to further connect the Norman dynasty with the ancient English royal line- his mother Queen Matilda having been descended from Alfred the Great.

  10. I love it! Wonderful to be able to trace the ancestry of the names I’m learning.
    But I’m a Scotswoman, and would love to see something about family relationships of the Scottish political class. It may be impossible because of their not-necessarily-inherited over-kingship (although the contenders might be qualified by bloodline). And the fact that they use the matrilineal line may be another obstacle.
    Might it be possible to diagram Scots contenders, kings, and over-kings over time? I love the mix of immigrant and ethnically differing contributors to Scots political life. So I suppose I’d be most interested in ethnic or geographical origins of the kings and over-kings, but their ancestry might help with that.

  11. Great chart – I’m going to be speinding some time with it ! ! ! I’m impressed how unlikely it seems how the Tudors slid into royal succession – no wonder VIII was so worried about the foundation of his dynasty – I’d like to learn more about the backround of that family.

  12. Wonderful piece of work. I’m just getting into the podcast and am truly enjoying the delivery, the tone and the incredible amount of research that goes into this. I no longer watch Netflix shows while riding the subway to work. I have this amazing podcast to keep me busy on the commute and also while I walk the dog in the evening. I am currently on “115 – Maserfield: Blood Makes the Grass Grow”. This genealogy chart is very helpful. As I listen to these, I am constantly amazed at how fleeting life was back in those days. It seemed that life was held in little regard – everybody was getting killed, in large numbers!

  13. any supper talented BHP fans who could make a 3D. Map of GB on the bottom with horizontal line out from the middle counting back from current time backwards.. Would keep all the family details but also show land ownership /changes over the time.

  14. I am very far behind. Just going through the King Offa episodes. This has been an fantastic tool to keep track of “who’s who”. Keep up the great work Jamie!

  15. This has been really awesome to explore.I could spend all day combing through this! I just started the series, and I have been so excited to dive in. I am hoping to become a member after the holidays are over. Thanks for all you do, Jamie.

  16. I’m time-banditing from back in 2014 now, and slowly catching up, grateful for all the work that has gone into the podcast since then. I became a member after about 4-5 episodes. It was *THAT* good, even then. This is all pretty great. So glad I found your podcast, Jamie! :D

  17. It’s now June 1st 2020….well you can see that from date above. It just seems super weird (and very sane) to be listening to great events whilst living through one.
    “Tree” IS extraordinary – is there a way to print it out? I could cover up at least one wall with it.

  18. The genogram has a huge open space between AD 800 and AD 1350.
    Would it be possible to use it to add a few important family trees: my favourites are the Carolingians, the early Counts of Anjou, the counts of Blois, and the ducal family of Brittany (which keeps cropping up in various guises such as the Nevilles and the ubiquitous ermine of aristocrats almost everywhere).

  19. Man, this must have taken forever!! it’s awesome and I want to study it carefully. I am not off to a good start apparently, since I can’t find Hengist and Horsa… xD

  20. Conversion to a SVG, which I would be thrilled to help with, would make this much easier to read and zoom. This would also allow for easier updating as SVG management can be done in collaborative ways.

  21. Is Lady Jane Grey on here or am I just not looking in the right place? Someone asked me about how she came to have a claim etc and I couldn’t exactly remember, so I thought I’d look but can’t see her…help?

  22. She’s not on there, I just looked for her. She’s the grand daughter of Mary Tudor, one of Henry VII’s daughters. Mary Tudor married Charles Brandon, they had a daughter Francis Brandon who married Henry Grey, and those two had Jane. So Lady Jane Grey had a tenuous claim to thrown through her matrilineal line.

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