posted on Jul, 24 2019 @ 02:12 AM
a reply to: JustJohnny
You will need some groundrules about defining "dynasty".
For example, the usual understanding in European history is that a fresh dynasty starts when succession passes through the female line. So the Tudor
dynasty gives way to the Stuart dynasty, by the marriage of a king's daughter. But in practice this usage gets amended in two directions.
On the one hand, it may be convenient for historians to distinguish between eras by breaking up what is really one long dynasty. For example, all the
kings of France for close on a thousand years were descended in the male line from Hugh Capet, but it's convenient to distinguish when the rule passes
to a different branch, and talk about "the house of Orleans", "the house of Bourbon". In England, the rival houses of York and Lancsater were both
descended from Geoffrey Plantaganet.
On the other hand, a dynastic name may be such a prestigious "brand" that it may be maintained even through female descent. For example, the last of
the Hapsburg rulers was Maria Theresa, technically, and her descendants should have been called the house of Lorraine. But they preferred Hapsburg (or
grudgingly Hapsburg-Lorraine). Arguably, the same thing has happened to the Dutch House of Orange. Similarly the house of Romanov celebrated its
tercentenary just before the First World War, but for the second half of that period they were really a Germanic dynasty desended from Catherine the
Great. If the rumours about Catherine the Great were true, they were not descended from the original Romanovs even in the female line.
Again, the ruling dynasty in Britain is technically "Windsor", a name adopted by Act of Parliament in the First World War. But according to the
traditional rules, it would have become the house of Mountbatten by the marriage to Prince Philip. I understand that the younger members of the family
now compromise and sign their surname on offical documents as Mountbatten-Windsor.
edit on 24-7-2019 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)