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Duncan, Macbeth, and Thorfinn first cousins?
I'm puzzled by the comment that Macbeth, Thorfinn, and Duncan were
first cousins. It made sense when I first saw it, but now I can't
figure it out.
Can anyone elucidate?
John S. Quarterman <email@example.com>
> August 14
> 1040: Macbeth, King of Scots. Macbeth replaced Duncan as king. In
> spite of Shakespeare's later bad press, Macbeth was actually a good
> king; well, good as medieval rulers go! He ruled well from 1040-57;
> vacationed in Rome. After Malcolm II's murder by his nobles at Glamis,
> Duncan killed his opponents and seized the throne as King Duncan I
> (1034-1040). His first cousins, Macbeth (of Shakespearian fame) and
> Thorfinn the Raven Feeder, Norwegian Earl of Orkney, united to advance
> Macbeth's claim to the throne through his mother, another daughter of
> Malcolm II. Duncan reigned from 1034 until he was defeated in battle
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