Prince Henry Sinclair, if he did everything that sources claim he did, lived a life matching anyone for excitement and adventure.  Historian Frederick J. Pohl (this is NOT the science-fiction author) argues that the Earl of Orkney discovered the North American continent in 1398, dropping anchor in Guysborough Harbor, Nova Scotia on June 2.  Working from contemporary accounts, Pohl concludes that Sinclair left permanent markings on a rock in New  England and made a notable cultural impact on the natives he met.  While the American edition is out of print, Prince Henry Sinclair appears to be available from

Other books dealing at least in part with the life and times of Henry and his voyage to the new world: Andrew Sinclair, The Discovery of the Grail, 1998 hardback at Amazon, also available in a British paperback edition.

Other books that deal with prominent ancestors.

by Roger Collins  From

Life of Charlemagne
by Einhard  From also included in the following entry.
Two Lives of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics) by Lewis M. G. Thorpe and Nofker the Stammerer Einhard  From Amazon:

Alfred the Great: Asser's Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources (Penguin Classics) by John Asser  From Amazon:

Alfred the Great and His England
by Eleanor S. Duckett  From Amazon:
Robert the Bruce: King of Scots by Robert McNair Scott  From Amazon:

Henry Second (English Monarchs series)
by W. L. Warren From Amazon--the "standard" biography of this monarch.  Eleanor's husband, the first Plantagenet King, looks like such a good king compared to the sorry performance of his three sons.

Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings
by Amy Ruth Kelly, from Amazon.  Opinions differ dramatically about Eleanor's character, but there is no doubt that her influence on her world was extraordinary.

King John
by W. L. Warren from Amazon.  Usually regarded as the worst English King since Ethelred the Unready, John betrayed his father, his brother, his subjects, and was trying to betray the Barons who signed the Magna Carta when he died.  Charles Dickens minced no words: "I doubt whther the crown could possibly have been put on the head of a meaner coward, or a more detestable villain, if England had been searched from end to end to find him out."

William Marshall: The Flower of Chivalry, by George Duby, Richard Howard (Translator) from Amazon.  William Marshal : Court, Career and Chivalry in the Angevin Empire 1147-1219 (Medieval World) by David Couch, from Amazon.  Marshal was the essence of the medieval knight, who rose to be a major support for the Angevin kings of England.

The Anglo-saxon chronicle details the history and descent of the Anglo-saxons in England from the migration of the warlords, through Roman Britain to the onslaught of the Vikings and on until about 1150 AD.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Michael Swanton (editor)  From Amazon

While not an ancestor (as far as I know) , King Harold II of England, who lost the Battle of Hastings to William the Conqueror, is an interesting person.  Available from Amazon: the standard history is Harold, the Last Anglo-Saxon King, by Ian Walker.  A new fictional history is Parke Godwin's Lord of Sunset.

Medieval Genealogy

A basic collection of books for research in medieval genealogy:

Frederick Lewis Weis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, Who Came to America before 1700. The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcomb of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants. 7th ed. (1999) With additions and corrections by Walter L. Sheppard, Jr.; assisted by David Faris.  Available from The Genealogical Bookshop

Gary Boyd Roberts and William Addams Reitwiesner  American Ancestors and Cousins of the                Princess of Wales  (1984)  Out of print.

Gary Boyd Roberts et al., Ancestors of American Presidents : First Definitive (1995)

Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America (1975, 1981)

Burke's Peerage and Baronetage (1999)

Burke's A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, forfeited and Extinct Peerages (1996)

Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: the Complete Genealogy Out of Print.  Some researchers consider this book unreliable.

Marcellus von Redlich, Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants,                Volume I (1941, 1996) With a Foreword by Prof. Arthur Adams Available from The Genealogical Bookshop

Aileen Lewers Langston and J. Orton Buck, Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants. Volume II. With a Foreword by Timothy F. Beard (1974, 1996) Out of print.

J. Orton Buck & Timothy F. Beard, Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants, Volume III (1978, 1996) Available from The Genealogical Bookshop

David Faris, Plantagenet Ancestry of the Seventeenth-Century Colonists: The Descent from the Later Plantagenet Kings of England, Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, and Edward III, of Emigrants from England and Wales to the North American Colonies before 1701 (1996)  (Out of Print)

Gary B. Roberts et al., Notable Kin : An Anthology of Columns First Published in the NEHGS Nexus, 1986-1995 (1998)

Gary B. Roberts, The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History (1993)  Out of Print

Stella Hardy, Colonial Families of the Southern States of  America (1958) (Out of print)

Roderick W. Stuart, Royalty for Commoners 3d ed. (1998) Some researchers consider Stuart's work unreliable.

Frederick Lewis Weis, The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215 : The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215 and Some of Their Descendants Who Settled in America 5th ed. (1999)

Robert Barnes, British Roots of Maryland Families (1st ed. 1999)