2004-05-27 21:30:08 UTC
ANCESTRY, etc. for almost a week, I am still just beginning to
discover its wonders. Yet, I am amazed at what he has accomplished!
Through the years, newsgroup members have griped over the delays in
its publication date, but the finished product should make us all glad
that Mr. Richardson took the time to do the job right, thus cementing
his status as the most respected American genealogist of the 21st
The depth of Mr. Richardson's scholarship, reflected in the detailed
listings of his sources, is astonishing. With Richardson, nothing is
left to speculation, because he backs up what he says. PLANTAGENET
ANCESTRY thus comes as a welcome antidote to those false or unproved
pedigrees that one constantly finds on WorldConnect and FamilySearch.
Not only is Mr. Richardson's book the best of its kind, it represents
an absolute bargain compared to RD600, the other indispensable work
covering royal descents. A previous posting has commented that PA's
large format makes it easier to read than RD600, but, if truth be
told, the typeface used in PA is no larger. Further, the printed area
on each PA page, and therefore the genealogical content, is more than
double that of RD600.
Mr. Richardson says in his introduction to PA that this is merely the
first work to appear in the new Royal Ancestry Series, and that
succeeding volumes will present descents from the Magna Carta Sureties
of 1215, early feudal English barons, and Emperor Charlemagne. As
much as we would all like to see these later volumes quickly, let us
hope that he will take his time to make sure that they live up to the
high standard reflected in his PLANTAGENET ANCESTRY!