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The Magna Carta

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Today, 15 June 2017, marks the 802nd anniversary of the Magna Carta, a document that has played a crucial role in the development of human rights, liberty, and the rule of law all around the world.

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Order of the Garter

On this day, 23 April, in the year of our Lord 1348, the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry and the third most prestigious honor in the United Kingdom, was founded. The Order is dedicated to Saint George, England’s patron saint.

The Order’s emblem is a garter with the motto “Honi soit qui mal y pense.”—”Shame on him who thinks evil of it.” Members of the order wear this emblem on ceremonial occasions.

At the time of its foundation, the Order consisted of King Edward III, together with 25 founder knights, listed in ascending order of stall number in St. George’s Chapel. They are all depicted in individual portraits in the Bruges Garter Book, circa 1431.

Listed below are my ancestors who founded or were inducted into the Order of the Garter:

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Jeanne de Navarre

On this day, 2 April, in the year 1305, Jeanne de Navarre died. She was my 22nd great-grandmother.

Born on 14 January 1273, in the Champagne region of France, Jeanne was the daughter of Henri “le Gros” de Navarre and Blanche d’Artois.

Sadly, she never had the opportunity to know her father, as he died on 22 July 1274; Jeanne was only a year and a half old.

Upon the death of her father, Jeanne became Countess of Champagne and queen regnant of Navarre. Her mother served as her guardian and regent in Navarre. Various powers, both foreign and local, sought to take advantage of the minority of the heiress and the perceived weakness of the female regent; consequently, her mother sought protection at the court of Philip III of France.

In 1274, Blanche and young Jeanne arrived in France. In 1275, by the Treaty of Orléans, Jeanne was betrothed to the king’s son, and Blanche placed both her daughter and Navarre under the protection of Philip III of France.

On 16 August 1284, at the age of 11, Joan married Philip IV of France.

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John Beaufort

On this day, 16 March 1410, John Beaufort passed away. He was my 18th great-grandfather through his daughter Joan and my 19th great-grandfather through his son Edmund.

Born circa 1373, John Beaufort was the eldest child of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress Katherine Swynford.

In both 1390 and 1397, John and his siblings were declared legitimate by Parliament, as well as by the Pope in September 1396, after his parents were married. Despite being made legitimate by both the church and state, Henry IV barred John and his Beaufort siblings from succession to the throne, even though they too were the grandchildren of Edward III.

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Gateway Ancestor: Peter Worden

When tracing ancestors across the centuries, kin are often clustered together in a similar locations, an economic situation, or an ethnic identity.  A gateway ancestor is anyone with known or traceable ancestry from one specific group who marries into another group. Each immigrant from one country to another is a potential gateway, if his/her descendants can then trace his/her ancestry to the original country. Gateways can also occur when someone moves from one distinct social group into another or across distinct religious, economic, or racial barriers.

In the United States, however, the term “gateway ancestor” most commonly is used to refer to colonial immigrants whose ancestry can be traced in the Old World—specifically to gentry, nobility, or royalty.

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