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Does this site have an easy URL?
Does this site have a Facebook page?
Does the owner of this site have a Twitter account?
How do I know which of the pages have recently been updated?
Does this site have a RSS Feed?
Can I use the information on your site?
Are Anneke (Jans) and Wolfert Web(b)er related to William of Orange?
Could you send me all the information about all the monarchs in history?
Is it true that Catherine the Great died in an attempt to have sex with a horse?
We have traced our blood back to the Highland Duke of Holland. What is that?
What is the rank of noble titles?
What is the address of the Dutch Royal Family?
Why don't you provide more info about the Queen and Crown Prince?
Could you tell me how our family is related to the Dutch Queen?
Why is my email question not answered?


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Does this site have an easy URL?

The Mad Monarchs Series has its own URL:

N.B. Stick to the url above; the urls at Xs4All have been discontinued on October 31, 2011, while the http://madmonarchs.guusbeltman.nl/ url may be temporary.



Does this site have a Facebook page?

Does the owner of this site have a Twitter account?

For tweets about peculiar royals follow @madmonarchs.
For Dutch genealogy and local history topics follow @GenealogieBos.


How do I know which of the pages have recently been updated?

You can either follow the RSS Feed or my Twitter account @madmonarchs.

Does this site have a RSS Feed?

Add Mad Monarchs to your iGoogle page! To be informed about the Mad Monarchs Series, you can subscribe to
- the Mad Monarchs RSS Feed   (announcing new biographies and major updates),
- the Mad Monarchs Mailing List  (this list is hardly ever used anymore).

Add genealogy to your iGoogle page! The Genealogy of the Bos family of Cillaarshoek has its own Genealogy RSS Feed about major updates.
Since that part of the website is in Dutch, so is the RSS Feed.
My genealogy twitter account is @GenealogieBos and features both Dutch and English language tweets about genealogy and Dutch history.


Can I use the information on your site?

All rights reserved.
No text, composed illustrations, moving gifs and/or photographs of the Royalty In History site may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the copyright owner,

Any citation of  my web site should contain the following info:

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Are Anneke (Jans) and Wolfert Web(b)er related to William of Orange?

Anneke became famous through a long series of lawsuits initiated by her descendants, who claimed (1) ownership of real estate on Manhattan and (2) royal descent.

F.A. Virkus writes in The Compendium of American Genealogy:

The first and only person who held the title "King of Holland" was Louis Napoleon Bonaparte (1778-1846), who ruled The Netherlands in the period 1806-1810. The compendium probably refers to Prince William I " the Silent" of Orange-Nassau (1533-1584), Stadholder of Holland. William's 4th wife survived him, thus he can not have married either Anneke Jans or Dorothea von Hohenlohe as a fifth wife. He did recognise only one illegitimate son, Justinus (1559-1631).

I have never seen any reference to a Wolfert Webber in Dutch sources.

Apparently, Anneke was born in Norway as a daughter of Tryntje Jonas, a midwife. In 1623 in Amsterdam, Holland, Anneke married Roelof Jansson, a fellow Norwegian. Together they arrived in the new world in 1630. As a widow she married the Dutch Domine Everardus Bogardus.


Could you send me all the information about all the monarchs in history?

No.


Is it true that Catherine II the Great died in an attempt to have sex with a horse?

No, the story is complete nonsense.
Historians believe the horse myth originated in France, among the French upper classes, soon after Catherine's death as a way to mar her legend.

In recent years another myth has emerged, stating that the great Empress of Russia died while on the toilet, and that Catherine’s bloated body was so heavy it cracked the toilet.
That's nonsense, too.

In 1796, Catherine II the Great suffered a stroke during an interview with a representative of the Swedish King. Over the next weeks she was confused and fell asleep at odd and inconvenient times. On the morning of November 5, she went to sit at her worktable as usual, where she began reading governmental documents. After several hours her worried chamberlain found her on the floor in the water-closed adjoining her room. Catherine was laid in her bed as doctors made futile efforts to revive her. She soon lost consciousness. In the evening of November 6, Catherine the Great died in bed.

See also: Historical Myths: The Death of Catherine the Great.


We have traced our blood back to the Highland Duke of Holland. What is that?

Holland is a very, very flat county, partly below sea level.
It's the lowest part of The Netherlands.
In Medieval Times it was ruled by a Count, later it was ruled by a Stadholder.
Nowadays it is ruled by "Proviciale Staten" (a kind of county council).
It was never ruled by a Duke.


What is the rank of Noble titles?

The rank of the English Nobility is:

A British baronet is not a Noble. A knight is not a Noble either and the title is not even hereditary.

In other European countries the ranking is roughly the same. However, an "Earl" is strictly British; an equivalent Continental title is "Count". An "Emperor" ranks above a "King", while a German "Fürst" and a reigning "Grand Duke" usually rank below "King". The title "Grand Duke" was also used for members of the Imperial family of Russia, while a member of the Imperial family of Austria used to be an "Archduke". A German "Elector" used to have a vote in the election of the German Emperor. The eldest daughter of the English King or Queen is usually the "Princess Royal". The French title "Dauphin" was originally used to indicate the ruler of the Dauphinée, but later it was used for the French Crown Prince. In Germany the title "Truchseß" is unique for Waldburg.

In the Holy Roman Empire the rank of nobility also depended on how long the title had been in the family. The Count of Nassau, for example, had a higher rank than the Prince (Fürst) of Thurn und Taxis.


What is the address of the Dutch Royal Family?

As far as I know, the Queen does not have an email address.

The Queen's Working Address: The Queen's Private Address:
Koninklijk Paleis Noordeinde
Noordeinde 68
2514 GL Den Haag

Koninklijk Paleis Huis ten Bosch
Bezuidenhoutseweg 10
2594 AV Den Haag

The Prince of Orange's Private Address:  
Landgoed De Horsten
Eikenhorst 4
2245BB Wassenaar
 
 

Why don't you provide more info about the Queen and Crown Prince?

This is the  Royalty in History  Site.
Royals qualify if they are (1) peculiar and (2) dead for at least 40 years.

Besides, the Queen has her own website:

Other sites on the Dutch Royal Family:


Could you tell me how our family is related to the Dutch Queen?

In the Dutch Royal Family both Queen Wilhelmina's husband, Prince Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1876-1934), and her father, King Willem III of The Netherlands (1817-1890), were known for their numerous extramarital affairs. However, neither of them ever acknowledged any of their illegitimate issue.

Genealogy Sites in The Netherlands:
The CBG (Central Bureau of Genealogy), Descendants of William The Silent, Cyndi's List links, the European Nobility Genealogical Research Services, Genea Knowhow Net, other links and a Dutch Nobility Genealogy Group.

Books about Americans of Royal Descent:
Leach Rixford, E.M.: Families Directly Descended from All the Royal Families in Europe (495 to 1932) & Mayflower Descendants
Browning, Ch. H.: Americans of Royal Descent: Genealogies Showing the Lineal Descent from Kings of Some American Families


Why is my email question not answered?

I usually reply to questions within approximately 2 weeks.
If you haven't received a reply by then, one of the following might apply:


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Email: (max. 500 Kb).
Info: Mad Monarchs Mailing or RSS Feed.