Generations

Amazing

The table given below is derived from a segment on the TV programme QI. You will see that if we work back from Ximene’s time to the year 600 Ximene ( and everyone else in the 14th Century) will have more ancestors than there are people in Europe. By the time of Jesus the difference is staggering. Ximene must have had one trillion ancestors wheras the population of Europe was only five million.

Therefore  Ximene  (and everyone one else) must have  been descended from everyone alive at the time of Jesus. Jesus included, if he had any children. Not only that,  each individual must be repeated many times in any one family tree.

The Table

Generation Number of ancestors Year Population of Europe (M)
0 1 1380 81
1 2 1350 79
2 4 1320 76
3 8 1290 74
4 16 1260 71
5 32 1230 69
6 64 1200 67
7 128 1170 64
8 256 1140 62
9 512 1110 59
10 1K 1080 57
11 2K 1050 54
12 4K 1020 52
13 8K 990 49
14 16K 960 47
15 32K 930 45
16 64K 900 42
17 128K 870 40
18 256K 840 37
19 512K 810 35
20 1M 780 32
21 2M 750 30
22 4M 720 29
23 8M 690 27
24 16M 660 26
25 32M 630 25
26 64M 600 23
27 128M 570 22
28 256M 540 21
29 512M 510 19
30 1G 480 18
31 2G 450 17
32 4G 420 16
33 8G 390 14
34 16G 360 13
35 32G 330 12
36 64G 300 10
37 128G 270 9
38 256G 240 8
39 512G 210 6
40 1T 180 5

Qualification

There are several faults in this apparently compelling argument.

Those who are promoting the purer strain of Sangreal believe there is an unbroken Matrilineal link back to Mary Magdelene. However even those who believe that Jesus had children and had a daughter called Tamar  have never shown any evidence that Tamar had children. It does not matter how many ancestors Ximene had, if Tamar did not have children there can be no matrilineal link.

Selection

Another fault in the argument is that powerful families practiced selective breeding. It is almost impossible to calculate this effects but some bloodlines were hoarded  by a small number of families.

A counter argument is that selective breeding probably had little effect in terms of the distribution of bloodlines . Younger sons and daughters, barred from inheritance, made the best marriage they could . Often within two generations their children had no idea what their bloodlines were. This in turn then made the bloodlines available to the general population.

The Sangreal

However, the proponents of the Sangreal and those who simply wanted to take advantage of it, were concerned not just with probabilities but with proof. This segment, concerned with Ximene’ genealogy, is therefore concerned with a  specific chain of relationships extracted  from family trees. We will take information from wherever it can be found,  family records, libraries and the miriad of web sites which in general follow the old tradition of telling the story they want to tell.  Whilst reviewing Ximene’s genenealogy just remember that. The question is “is there enough evidence to suggest that those in the  14th century could have been convinced”?. It proves impossible to offer conclusive proof but events suggest that in 1350 they were convinced.

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