Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Out-of-Wedlock Come Out of Hiding

The next edition of Burke's Peerage and Gentry will include more bastards than usual.

The guide, which lists the genealogy of every royal and aristocratic family in the Europe and the U.S., is to include illegitimate children for the first time.
Mr Bortrick said today many people from titled families did not marry, referring to the decision to list illegitimate children.

'It is just common sense to list their children. Although we would probably not list them if there was a scandal or anything.' [Link]
The guide will also begin listing children in order of birth, rather than males first, thus taking "a step into the 21st century." I find it rather impressive that they've stepped from the 19th century directly into the 21st.

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