Charles Capet, Count of Valois - My 27th Maternal Great Grandfather. Son of Philip III of France and Isabella of Aragon. Unfortunately, he was the brother of Philip IV "The Fair" who was the executioner of the Knights Templar.
Blessed Gisela of Hungary - My 24th Maternal Great Grandmother. She was wife of King Stephen I of Hungary. Her canonization was attempted in the 18th century but failed. She was declared Blessed in 1975. Her memorial days are May 7 and February 1.
Stephen I of Hungary - My 24th Maternal Great Grandfather. Stephen was the last Grand Prince of the Hungarians between 997 and 1000, and the first King of Hungary from 1000 until his death in 1038. He was Canonized 20 August 1083 as Saint Stephen by Pope Gregory VII.
Ælfthryth, Queen of England - My 26th Maternal Great Grandmother. Wife of Edgar I "The Peaceable". Ælfthryth was the first king's wife known to have been crowned and anointed as Queen of the Kingdom of England. As the mother of King Æthelred the Unready, she was a powerful political figure.
Hugh "The Great" - My 26th MGG. Son of a king (Robert I), father of another (Hugh Capet), and brother-in-law of 3 more (Rudolf of France, Athelstan of England, and Otto of Germany), Hugh possessed such wealth that he could easily have assumed the crown on the death of Rudolf in 936, though perhaps at the cost of many counties and abbeys. He instead suggested the accession of Louis IV, son of the deposed Charles III the Simple, who named him, in return, “Duke of the Franks.”
William I, Count of Provence - 25th Maternal Great Grandfather. "At the Battle of Tourtour in 973, with the assistance of the counts of the High Alps and the viscounts of Marseille and Fos, he definitively routed the Saracens, chasing them forever from Provence. He reorganised the region east of the Rhône, which he conquered from the Saracens and which had been given him as a gift from King Conrad of Burgundy."
Gunnora Of Crêpon - My 26th MGG. "Robert of Torigni recounts how Richard I, Duke of Normandy met Gunnora. She was living with her sister, the wife of a local forester, when Richard, hunting nearby, heard of the beauty of the forester's wife. He is said to have ordered her to come to his bed, but the lady substituted her unmarried sister, Gunnora. Richard, it is said, was pleased that by this subterfuge he had been saved from committing adultery and together they had 3 sons and 3 daughters."
Herleva "Arlette" De FALAISE - My 24th Maternal Great Grandmother. Herleva was the mother of William the Conqueror who was fathered by Robert I, Duke of Normandy. Her other two sons were Odo of Bayeux and Robert, Count of Mortain, who were both fathered by her husband Herluin de Conteville.
Fulbert "The Tanner" De FALAISE - My 25th Maternal Great Grandfather. Fulbert was the father of Herleva, mother of the illegitimate William the Conqueror, the 11th-century Duke of Normandy and King of England. Fulbert has traditionally been held to be a tanner, based on translations of Orderic's additions to the Gesta Normannorum Ducum.
Guillaume IV, comte de Toulouse - My 27th Great Grandfather. William, the English version of Guillaume, was the Count of Toulouse from 1061 till his death in 1094. The Counts were vassals of the Frankish Kings. William was also, Margrave of Provence (1061-1094), and Duke of Narbonne (1061-1094), Comte de Périgord, Comte de Carcassonne, Comte de Rodez, Comte de Rouergue, Comte d'Albi, Comte de Dijon, Comte d'Agde,