In fact, Lewis has tracked her ancestry all the way back to her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford.
16 (?) generations back. Aren’t we getting close to where we’re all related to each other?
Assuming no dupes that’s 65,000 ancestors at that point, isn’t it (my maths is really bad – 2 to the power of 16?). Obviously there are dupes in there but it’s not that much further down the line, another handful of generations, and we meet the population of England at the time, no?
Yes, yes, I know it doesn’t really work this way. But 16 to 20 generation back everyone’s got someone interesting, no? Especi8ally given that Greg Clark book (A Farewell to Alms) which points out that the upper classes outbred the lower over the centuries (it being child survival rates that mattered).