brantgoose: what_now: Nine of Richard's descendants have called for his reburial at York,Richard the Third doesn't have descendents. His only child died as a young boy.Increasingly people seem to use the words "ancestor" and "descendant" without respect to a direct genetic or geneological link. The semantic edge of the words is being dulled. English doesn't have an informal kinship term for indirect relations who are not ancestors, or indirect relations who are not descendants. Other languages have different and more varied semantics which can cover such ideas
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