The Legendary Angelica ancestress of I1a1
Angelica was a direct descendant of the daughters of Queen Esther (Srouri) of the Hunza Valley in Pakistan (I1a mt-dna). The legends of the Hunza Valley reveal that when Mir Ghazan and his two children left the Hunza Valley in the service of the Muslim rulers, they left behind Angelica's mother Queen or Princess Bubuli of the Altit Fort who was always waiting for their return. Bubuli was the daughter of the fairy or sky-born princess Ultar who lived in a mysterious crystal palace on Mt Ultar Sar which was the home of these legendary Jewish Princess-Queens descended from Queen Esther.
Before the arrival of the Muslims it would seem the Hunza Valley was ruled under a dual monarchy of the Mirs or Thams of Hunza who reigned from Gilgit and claimed descent from Alexander the Great and the Jewish Queens of Altit and the region of Ultar Sar who claimed descent from Queen Esther's Persian daughter. The male rulers were also called the Goose Lords and the Jewish Queens the Swan Princesses (Batura/ Barbura). The legend of the Swan Maiden has its origin partially in this story of the Mirs of Hunza accepting Islam while the Swan heiress remains true to her Jewish beliefs and escapes to the secret abode of the Swan Queens on Ultar Sar and the Goose Lord then taking the children with him to the West. He cannot try to follow his wife as there is a curse on Ultar Sar that falls on all men who try to climb it.
Angelica married the legendary hero called Drogo and Rinaldo who was also known as Reynald (Renaud) de Falaise (Croy). Their daughter Altrude de Hauteville married her cousin Richard (son of Angelica's brother Argalia) known as Richard de Hauteville who was a Prince of Salerno and the Regent of Edessa. Some historians incorrectly separate Richard into two different men who are cousins to each other. Confusion occurs as he is the nephew of William of the Principate and nephew and son-in-law to Drogo (Rinaldo). Richard and Altrude's daughter was called Marie de Hauteville and she married Joscelyn II de Courteney Prince of Galilee and Count of Edessa. Joscelyn and Marie's daughter Isabelle of Edessa and Harran (married Thoros II of Armenia) was the maternal grandmother of Herina of Harran. Herina's parents were Rita of Armenia and Hethum III of Lampron.
Another granddaughter of Isabelle of Edessa was Alix who married Constantine of Barbaron. Alix's daughter was Kalamaria who married Jean d'Ibelin Count of Jaffa and Ashkelon and the Bailiff of Jerusalem. Their daughter Marie d'Ibelin married her cousin Guy d'Ibelin (son of Philip d'Ibelin). Guy and Marie's daughter also Marie d'Ibelin married Hugh IV Lusignan King of Cyprus and titular King of Jerusalem.
Angelica's female descendants intermarried with the European and Muslim nobility. Her descendant Herina of Harran (ancestress of I1a1b mt clan) married firstly the Byzantine Emperor Isaac II Angelos, secondly the Muslim Zengid Ruler of Harran and thirdly the Muslim Ruler Al -Kamil (b.1177 d.1238) the Ayyubid Sultan of Egypt. The daughter called Aldara from Al-Kamil had a daughter in turn with John of Brienne, the King of Jerusalem in 1222 who was a hostage in the court of Al Kamil at this time. The female descendants of this daughter eventually settled as Jews in Navarre in the 13th century. One of them was a mistress of Prince John of Gaunt the Duke of Lancaster and his illegitimate daughter went to England and was the ancestress of I1a1b there as well as in the Netherlands among some Jewish families in the17th-18th centuries. Some of this branch was then taken into Ireland.
St Francis before Sultan Al-Kamil
Juana the Catholic Queen of Navarre was also descended from Herina of Harran by the Emperor Isaac II Angelos through her maternal grandmother Duchess Matilda of Brabant (wife of the French prince Robert I Count of Artois). The emperor Isaac II Angelos may have himself also been a descendant of Angelica and her brother Argalia (a descendant of Alexander the Great).
Herina's daughter Euphrosyne Angelina (Anna) married Roman the Great the Grand Duke of Kiev. Another daughter Irene Angelina married firstly King Roger III of Sicily and she married secondly Philip of Swabia, King of the Germans. Her daughter Princess Maria of Swabia married Henry II Duke of Brabant. Their daughter Matilda of Brabant was the mother of Blanche d'Artois who was the mother of Juana Queen of Navarre. Juana married King Philip IV of France and their daughter Isabella was the Queen of King Edward II of England.
Edward III and his mother Isabella were of I1a1b mt-dna
Irene Angelina's daughter Princess Kunegunde of Swabia married King Wencelaus of Bohemia. Many of these noble and Royal female lines died out with no direct line female descendants. I mt-dna hapologroup makes up between 2-4 percent of maternal lineages in Europe and Asia today and I1a1 mt-dna a much smaller number within that and I1a1b even smaller. I1a (Srouri Clan) branched off from I haplogroup (Iris Clan) about 2,400 years ago in Persia and a branch went to the Hunza Valley just after the time of Alexander the Great. I1a1 (Angelica Clan) branched off from I1a around 1300 years ago and I1a1b (Herina or Irena Clan) about 800 years ago.
Angelica also had a female descendant (I1a1a) whose daughters went into eastern Russia and Siberia around the 12th century. This branch may have been founded by the famous Damsel of Cyprus (Beatrice) who was a daughter of Irena of Armenia (aunt of Herina of Harran) and Isaac Doukas Komnene the Regent of Cyprus. Another branch descended from Angelica was I1a1c whose daughters are found in Norway and North Eastern Europe today. I1a1d and I1a1e (within the last 500 years) are more recent mutations found in the British Isles.
The earlier I mt-dna found in Denmark in high numbers (13 percent) do not belong to I1a but I5 (which originated around 2,800 years ago in the Middle East and I5a originated about 2,600 years ago at the same time as I1 and I5a1 originating around 2,400 the same time as I1a). I1a (Srouri or Esther Clan originating 2,400 years ago) seems to be closely associated with R1b y dna males (sons of Leah) coming into Eurasia. I1b mt-dna originated around 2,400 years ago and I1c around 1,900 years ago. I2-3 mt-dna originated around 2,400 years ago and I2 around 1,400 years ago. I3 mt-dna originated around 2,100 years ago and I3a around 1,500 years ago and I3b around 1,400 years ago. I4 mt-dna originated around 2,500 years ago and I4a around 1,100 years ago. I mt-dna originated around 3,000 years ago in the Middle East and was most likely a descendant of Ruth of Moab (ancestress of both R and I mt-dna).
I5 mt-dna is also found in Minoan Crete (before 690 BC) in the period after 968 BC when the so-called Myceneans (Danaans) of northern Atlantis settled among the southern Atlanteans of the Minoan Crete after the sinking of Atlantis and the second eruption of Thera. The so-called Unetice culture of Bohemia has been totally been misplaced and are the archeological remains of the pre-Christian period of Bohemia and Moravia around 500 -800 AD. I1, I1a1 and I3a mt-dna has been found in bodies from this period of the Unetice culture. The so-called Pre-Unetice, Urnfield and Tumulus cultures are around the same period as Unetice and are not in chronological order but represent different tribal or ethnic groups living and trading in these areas of central Europe. The Roman period is considered as part of the Iron Age but there was what we could call a new Bronze Age in Europe from around 500-800 BC (Dark Ages). The Beaker culture (300 BC) and Corded Ware culture (400 BC) were not immediately before the Unetice but before the rise of the Roman Empire.
Herina of Harran the ancestress and founder of I1a1b mt-dna was married to Isaac Angelos around 1180 when she was 14 years old. Isaac was a member of the extended Byzantine Imperial Family and a favourite of the Emperor Andronikas I Komnenos. Andronikos was a grandson of the Emperor Alexios I Komnenos and Isaac's grandmother was a daughter of Alexios I Komnenos. Isaac was ruthless in his pursuit of power and after seizing the throne in 1185 he divorced Herina and tried to have her murdered.
Herina fled south from Constantinople to her father at Lampron. In order to escape further from the reach of her divorced husband's assassins she married Zengi II the Muslim Zengid ruler of Jazira and Harran. When Harran in 1199 was captured by Al-Kamil she entered his harem. Like all the women descended from Angelica she was a great beauty and was about 33 years old when she became a wife to Al-Kamil. In 1200 Herina went with Al-Kamil to Egypt where Al-Kamil's father Al-Adil had become Sultan. Al-Kamil was made Viceroy of Egypt by his father. Herina was the mother of As-Salih Ayyub (b.1205).
Herina like her matriarchal ancestresses maintained in secrecy among the women the Jewish traditions coming from Angelica de Hunza while observing Islam outwardly. They took their ancestress Queen Esther as a model as being hidden Jewesses for the good of their people. Herina took her granddaughter Albrianna (by the affair between John of Brienne and Aldara) to Mosul and placed her in a Jewish family. Albrianna was to become the wife of the Jewish exilarch Samuel who lived in Mosul.
Albrianna's daughter Sroura was the Jewish wife of the Christian Emperor of the Three Indies and she visited Constantinople with her daughter Altara in the early 1290's as well as their Jewish family in Iraq. When Solamish the tall, blonde deposed Sultan of Egypt came to Constantinople in 1291 he fell in love with this beautiful India-born Jewish princess. Solamish's mother was of Bedouin Jewish origin and he married Sroura's daughter Altara in the Jewish faith. However soon after the birth of their daughter in 1291 Solamish died (possibly murdered for leaving Islam). His apostasy was covered up by his family and his body embalmed and returned to Egypt for honourable Muslim burial.
Note: The dates for the origin that I use of the different subclades of I mt-dna are based on a biblical framework which accept that all dna originated with the family of Noah around 4,500 years ago +/- 200 years and doesn't always assume a constant rate in mutations but rather that environment and cataclysms play a role. Other dating methodologies such as those based on the molecular clock and evolution are based on the theory that man diverged from chimpanzees five million years ago, other are based on the germ lines and assume a constant rate for mutations. Even those who use an evolutionary model differ from any where from 20,000 to 30,000 years ago for the origin of I mt-dna. In my framework it would seem that Iris lived about 3,000 ago in the Middle East and was a descendant of Ruth of Moab who married Boaz of Judah (R1b y-dna). Iris or Isha may have been the daughter of Princess Merab of Israel and Lord Adriel of Meholah.