You’re Descended From Royalty and So Is Everybody Else

Anybody you can name from ancient history is in your family tree

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Jan 21, 2019 · 13 min read
‘Charlemagne Surrounded by His Principal Officers’ (detail) by Jules Laure, 1837. Image: Leemage/Corbis via Getty Images

By Adam Rutherford

Charlemagne, Carolingian King of the Franks, Holy Roman Emperor, the great European conciliator; your ancestor. I am making an assumption that you are broadly of European descent, which is not statistically unreasonable…

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