- May 2014
What happened to the Byzantine nobility after the fall of Constantinople in 1453?
And here is a link to Regnal Chronologies - Appendixes - pretenders - British Isles which has a section on the heirs of Harald II Godwinson and thus of Vladimir Ii Monomakh: Pretenders in the British IslesAnother Byzantine lineage which has probably survived into the present is that of Emperor Constantine IX Monomachos. He apparently had a union with a woman of the Byzantine Skleraina noble family. According to Genealogics.org, their daughter Maria (Irene) married Vsevolod I, Grand Duke of Kiev. However, other sources say that it was a female relative of Emperor Constantine IX's called Anastasia, not necessarily his daughter, who was married to Grand Duke Vsevolod. At any rate, whether it was with a daughter or another relative of Constantine IX's, Vsevolod I was the father of Vladimir II Monomakh of Kiev. Vladimir II Monomakh married Gytha of Wessex (the daughter of King Harold II Godwinson of England, who'd died at the Battle of Hastings), and they had a large family of children. Through the royal family of Kiev, they evidently married into European (including English) royalty, and are ancestors of most of today's European royal families.
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