Cornhill Magazine,  7 (1863), 374–80.

The Forty Royal Families, and Their Intermarriages

[George Dodd]




Breeding, Heredity, Class

    Amongst European royalty there seems 'to be a love for particular names in particular families, no doubt to give emphasis to the theory of hereditary succession' (374). Notes that 'the most important characteristic of European royal families [...] in their relations one to another, is the custom of intermarriage', and the 'rigour of etiquette gives rise in some countries to the frequent marriage of cousins with cousins, and even of uncles with nieces—unions which are productive of more bad effects than good' (376).

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