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Subject: Theuderic/Makhir/Natronai
Date: 16 Jun 1995 05:11:14 GMT

In 1972 Arthur J. Zuckerman published A Jewish Princedom in
Feudal France, 768-900, in which he proposed that Theuderic,
Duke of Toulouse (d. 793), was a Jewish prince (descended in
the male line from King David of Israel) who came to
Narbonne, France, from Babylon, where he had been Exilarch,
i.e., leader of the Jewish community. Descents can be traced
from Theuderic to the present, e.g., via Isabel of Angouleme,
wife of King John of England. Anthony Wagner discussed
this hypothesis in a postscript to his article "Bridges to
Antiquity," part of his 1975 book Pedigree and Progress, and
in 1982 David H. Kelley supplied some additional information
in The Genealogist, vol. 3, pp. 254-5. Kelley suggested that
Theuderic was a younger brother of the Exilarch, not the
Exilarch himself; he would, of course, have the Davidic
ancestry in either case. Kelley's 1994 article in The
American Genealogist also discusses this issue briefly.
However, Christian Settipani and Patrick Van Kerrebrouck in
their 1993 book La prehistoire des Capetiens 481-987,
Premiere partie: Merovingiens, Carolingiens et Robertiens
(pp. 173-6) don't appear to put much faith in the proposed
Babylonian background for Theuderic; instead they appear to
assume a European background. I'm wondering if any other
scholars have recently expressed opinions one way or the
other on this issue.
Don Stone, Computer Science Dept., Rowan College of N.J.

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