This page was set up by Robert Sewell in July 2006 to show the descent of the Sewell Family from the Robertian and Capetian Kings of France. Robert Sewell graduated from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) in 1967 with a B.Sc. degree in chemistry. After a year of studies at the University of Toronto's College of Education, he taught high school science in Collingwood, Ontario for a year and then taught chemistry, physics and general science in Hamilton, Ontario for twenty-nine years. Robert Sewell retired from teaching in June 1998.
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Sewell Vincent Sample: Letters George E. Cokayne: The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Sutton Publishing, August 24, 2000 Frederick L. Weis and Walter L. Sheppard: Ancestral Roots, 7th Edition, Baltimore, 1999 World Book Millenium 2000 Deluxe Edition, © 1999 World Book Inc., © IBM Corp. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopædia 99, © 1993-1998 Microsoft Corporation Norman F. Cantor (ed.) The Encyclopædia of the Middle Ages, New York, 1999 Frederick L. Weis and Walter L. Sheppard: Ancestral Roots, 7th Edition, Baltimore, 1999 Berhard Grun, The Timetables of History, New York, 1991 George Andrews Moriarty: The Plantagenet Ancestry of King Edward III and Queen Philippa, Mormon Pioneer Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1985. G.E. Cokayne: Complete Peerage, Volume VII, page 526 (1929) The Book of History (18 Volumes), London, 1914 Richard Thomson: An Historical Essay on the Magna Charta of King John (London, 1829) Periodical Historical Atlas of Europe, http://www.euratlas.com Mediæval History Guide, http://historymedren.about.com/index.htm Brian Tompsett, Royal Genealogical Data, http://www3.dcs.hull.ac.uk/genealogy/royal/ Catholic Online Saints and Angels, http://saints.catholic.org/index.shtml The Kings of France, http://www.beyond.fr/history/kings.html
France in Early Mediæval Times
For most of the middle ages, the land we know to-day as France was neither a distinct political nor geographical place. The territorial boundaries rarely coincided with modern France. Originally part of the Roman Empire, the region was settled by Germanic tribes from central Europe including the Franks, Visigoths and Burgundians. At the end of the fifth century, Clovis united many tribes into a single Frankish kingdom. Following Clovis' death in 511, the kingdom was split up among his four sons according to ancient Frankish tradition and law. Charlemagne (742 - 814) founded a Frankish empire covering what is to-day France and Germany; but it too was split up after the death of his son Louis (I) "the Pious" in 840.
The election of Hugh Capet as king in 987 began the Capetian Dynasty which ruled France for much of the middle ages. However, the actual royal domaine, known as Ile-de-France, was small and weak, consisting of little more that the land surrounding Paris, Orléans and Laon. It was not until the 12th century that later Capetians took steps to strenghten the king in the Ile-de-France.
Our genealogy shown here is considered reliable and is based on:
Flourished early 7th century
Lambert I (also Lantbertus) was a nobleman in Neustria and a brother or son of Robert (also Chrorobertus and Chorodobertus) who was Reverendarium of the Merovingian King Dagobert I of Neustria on April 8, 630. Lambert had a son:
Flourished late 7th century
Robert (also Chrodobertus, Rodoberothus and Radobertus) was majordomis of King Clovis II of Neustria and Burgundy in 653 and chancellor of King Chlotar III of Neustria and Burgundy in 658. Robert married Doda or Detta and they had a son:
Died in 741
Lambert II (also Lantbertus) was Bishop of Metz, Primate of Gaul and Germany, first Abbot of Lorsch and an uncle of St. Chrodegang. Lambert had a son:
Died by 764
Rutpert was a Duke in the Haspengan in 732 and a Count in the Upper Rhine and Worms 722 - 757. Rutpert married circa 730 to Williswint who was a daughter and heiress of Count Achelhelm and they had the following sons:
Flourished circa 767 - 770
Thüringbert had a son:
Died circa 807
who was a Count in the Upper Rhine and the Wormsgau 770 - 807 and Lord of Dienheim in 795.
Rutpert II was a Count in the Upper Rhine and the Wormsgau 770 - 807 and Lord of Dienheim in 795. Rutpert married first circa 766-767 to Theoderate (also Tietrada and Thirrú) who died in 789 and second after 789 to Isingarda. Rutpert and Theoderate had a son:
Died circa 834
who was Count of Worms 812 - 830.
Rutpert III was Count of Worms 812 - 830. Rutpert married circa 800 to Waldrada (also Wieldruth and Vendrie) who was a niece of the Empress Hildegarde and daughter of Count Hadrian of Orléans and in the Wormsgau and Waldrat. She was heiress to lands near Orléans. Rutpert III and Waldrada had a son:
Robert the Strong,
Died, slain at Brisarte on July 25, 866
Also known as Rutpert IV, Robert the Strong was Duke of Neustria, Count of Paris and Marquis of Anjou. According to G.A. Moriarty, Robert married a sister of Count Adelhelm of Leon and according to F.L. Weis, he married Aelis (or Adelaide) of Tours and Alsace, a daughter of Hugh, Count of Tours and his wife Bava. (See Fredrick Lewis Weis: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, Baltimore, 1999, Line 48-17, George Andews Moriarty: The Plantagenet Ancestry of King Edward III and Queen Philippa, Mormon Pioneer Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1985, page 9 and the sources quoted therein.)
Robert the Strong had the following children:
Robert I, King of France
Born in 866 after the death of his father.
Died on June 15, 923
Robert I was Count of Poitiers, Count of Paris and Marquis of Neustria. He was King of the West Franks for about a year prior to his death in 923. Robert married first to Aelis and they had a daughter:
Robert (I) and Beatrice had a son:
Hugh "the Great" Capet
Born circa 895 at Paris, France
Died on June 16, 956 at Deurdan, Dourdan, France
Hugh Capet was Count of Paris, Orléans, Vexin and Le Mans and Duke of France. Hugh is also known as Hugh Magnus and is not to be confused with his great great grandson who is also known as Hugh "the Great" and Hugh Magnus
Hugh Capet had three marriages. The first two, it is unclear in which order, were to a daughter of the Count of Maine and to Edhilda, a daughter of Edward the Elder, King of England. Hugh married third to Hedwig, a daughter of Henry "the Fowler"; see below. Hugh had a daughter; but it is uncertain by which wife:
Hugh and Hedwig had the following children:
Hugh Capet, King of France
Born about 938
Died on August 24, 996 at Paris, France
Hugh Capet was Count of Poitou, Count of Orléans and the first Capetian King of France from 987 to his death in 996. He married about 969 to Adelaide of Poitou, who was a granddaughter of Rolf the Ganger who was the 1st Duke of Normandy. Hugh and Adelaide had the following children:
Robert II Capet "the Pious", King of France
Born on March 27, 972 at Orléans, France
Died in 1031
Robert married first about 987 to Rosela (or Susanna),
widow of Arnold, Count of Flanders who died on March 30, 987. This marriage
was repudiated in 992.
Robert married second in 996 to Bertha of Burgundy who was a distant relative. This marriage was repudiated in 998.
Robert married third in 1003 to Constance of Provence and they had the following children:
Henry I Capet, King of France
Born in April 1008
Died on August 4, 1060 at Vitry-en-Brie, France
Henry married on January 29, 1044 to Princess Anne of
Kiev. For her descent from the early Viking chieftains in Russia,
click on Princes of Kiev.
Henry and Anne had the following children:
Robert, the first of the Burgundian Capets, married
firstly to Irmegard of Anjou who d.s.p. and secondly circa 1033 to Hélie,
a daughter of Dalmas (I), Seigneur de Sémus (Semur-en-Auxois) and
his wife Aremburge. There appears to have been some friction in this family.
Robert divorced Hélie on January 15, 1055 and he murdered her father,
Dalmas (I), about the same time. It is unclear which came first, the divorce
or the murder; but obviously Robert wasn't getting along very well with
his wife and her family.
However, despite all the hard feelings, Robert and Hélie had the following children:
Hugh "the Great" Capet
Born in 1057
Died on October 18, 1102 at Tarsus.
Hugh was Duke of France and Burgundy, Marquis of Orléans, Count of Amiens, Chaumone, Paris, Valois and Vermandois. He was a leader of the First Crusade, and died at Tarsus which is on the Mediterranean Sea about 250 miles south east of Ankara, Turkey.
Hugh married to Adelaide of Vermandois daughter
of Herbert (IV), Count of Vermandois and a descendant of Charlemagne.
Please click Charlemagne
Hugh and Adelaide had a daughter:
Isabel, also known as Elizabeth of Vermandois, married
in 1096 to Robert
de Beaumont, Count of Meulan. Isabel and Robert had children named
Waleran and Robert which tend to be confusing because they were twins both
born, of course, in 1104. Both married ladies names "de Montfort"
and both had sons named Sir Robert de Beaumont. One begins to wonder
if perhaps Robert and Waleran were the same person, but there are differences
as shown next.
Isabel's and Robert's children were:
Adelaide de Warren who is also known as Ada de Warren.
Died in 1178
Adelaide married in 1139 to Henry, Earl of Huntingdon
who was the son of David (I) "the Saint", King of Scotland and Matilda
of Nothumberland. Henry was next in line as King of Scotland, but
he died about a year before his father. When David (I) died in 1153,
he was succeeded Henry's son, Malcolm (IV).
Adelaide de Warren and Henry of Huntingdon had the following children:
David, 9th Earl of Huntingdon
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