Below is the third family tree of the most senior line of descent from England’s King Edward III (1312 – 1377), through his daughter Isabella—the oldest of his children who left descendants.*
The previous (second) chart began with Jeanne of Bar (1415 – 1462), Edward III’s 2nd-great-granddaughter and her husband, a prince of Luxembourg named Louis. It showed that they had had several kids after the generations between the King Edward III and this Jeanne had tenuously existed, with short-lived parents of only children (shown in the 1st chart). Jeanne’s and Louis’s nice big brood ensured that the senior line of Ed3’s Plantagenet descendants would carry on. The eldest of their kids who had kids themselves—Jacqueline de Luxembourg—married into the wealthy French-Belgian family of de Croÿ. The second chart also showed how four generations down the line, the oldest child was again a daughter—Anne de Croÿ (1563 – 1635), whose marriage to Charles de Ligne (1550 – 1616) brought the massive riches of the Arenberg dynasty into the fold. Their family can be seen in this wild painting to the right and up top. That’s Anne there in the center, senior descendant in the 9th generation from Edward III. That chart concluded with Charles and Anne’s oldest child Philippe-Charles de Ligne d’Arenberg (1587 – 1640), presumably the boy standing in the painting next to dad. Through his dad he was the 3rd Count of Arenberg, and via his mom he was the 6th Duke of Aarschot.
Interestingly, Jacqueline of Luxembourg’s next younger sibling, a brother named Pierre—he and his wife turn out to be ancestors of both the Bourbon kings of France (and later, including now, of Spain) and the Stuart kings of Britain, who lead of course to the Hanover and thus current ruling Windsor family of the the United Kingdom; so ironically, the line ruling England—which, strictly technically, wasn’t the most senior line descended from Edward III did in fact link back into a significantly more senior line, though still not as much as the line from Jacqueline and de Croÿ.
So today’s chart picks up with Philippe-Charles de Ligne d’Arenberg, 6th Duke of Aarschot, 3rd Count of Arenberg. Fascinating guy. For the time period, he seems to have been an open-minded, smart person who cared about people, including his family. He died imprisoned in Spain by the Habsburg’s, whom he had served exceedingly well, but then was blackballed by someone accusing him of plotting against the King (Philip IV).
Two of his three marriages left kids. The first two from the first marriage, like his son Philippe François, 1st Duke of Arenberg, pictured to the left, had kids as well as grandkids. But the lines petered out after not too much time.
From the second marriage and his son Charles Eugene, 2nd Duke of Arenberg, seen to the right, descends the current 13th Duke of Arenberg, Leopold-Engelbert of Arenberg, lower right with his wife. Leo-Engelbert & the Mrs apparently are quite engaged in philanthropy and efforts of European cooperation.
But our designs here are on the Philippe-Charles’ third child, a daughter named once again Jeanne, who sired with her husband Alexandre II de Bournonville, seen with his most bushy hair/wig in this old print to the left, those who carried forward the still most senior descendants of good ole Edward III and the Plantagenets.
And their eldest, Anne-Marie, married back into the de Croÿ family, leading to Emmanuel, seen to the right, who was a Marshall of France and died in Paris just before the Revolution. The line has continued as the de Croÿ-Solre to the present day, with a daughter leading to the most senior descendant having a different name only in the latest generation.
Chart No. 3 Tracing Senior Plantagenets
*For those not versed in the topic, the oldest of Edward III’s kids was a son, also named Edward, who died just a year before his dad the king did, and although his son became king in his place when Edward III died, young Richard II had no kids. And though you can find scads of sources for seeing the descent from the sons Lionel, John, Edmund and Thomas—all younger than Isabella—I was surprised not to find any pre-traced documentation of the actual most senior line; this is the 4th part in my sharing there results of discovering who Isabella’s descendants were and are.)