My totemic maternal ancestral clan connection to the old world Direwolf of Northwestern Europe (symbolized by Fenrir in the folklore of my ancestors) has not been severed through the last 2000 years of European Christianization and rulership of Europe by Christian Empire Royalty. The Red Thread still remains unbroken.
Overwhelmingly, neither my maternal U5b1b1 nor my paternal I2-M223 Old World European lineages have been found in large number among European monarchs ruling over the past two millennia. In Christian Europe, no I2 lineages are found among European royalty, with the exception being in Romania, namely the Dark Prince Vlad of Wallachia, alias Dracula, who fought for his people and was assassinated by those who aligned his legacy with the Christian Satan.
My maternal U5b1b1 lineage has not been specifically found among any European Christian monarchs. However, U5b (the broader general haplogroup nonspecific to any historical modern lineage), has been found as the maternal line of King Philip I of Castile, the first member of the House of Habsburg to be King of Castile. He was stricken with fever and died, having been King for only a month. Shamanistic magic or poison do you think? Many think he was assassinated by poisoning. Philip inherited his land from his U5b Burgundian mother, Mary of Burgundy, who died when he was only four years old while out on a hunting trip with her husband and knights of his court. Her back was broken. A convenient death for the House of Habsburg. Philip was pivotal to the rise of the Dynasty of Habsburg because he was "the pivot around which the Dynasty acquired a large portion of its extensive lands." Was Philip's U5b mother assassinated for the purpose of enriching the Habsburg Dynasty? I think it's quite possible. Mary's marriage into the House of Habsburg was highly contentious, "initiating two centuries of contention between France and the House of Habsburg," which eventually climaxed in the War of the Spanish Succession. A month after Philip came to the throne, with the U5b Burgundian land securely within the possession of the House of Habsburg, Philip was, as had been his U5b mother most likely, assassinated.
Non-specific U5b was also the maternal lineage of King James III of Scotland, who had disastrous relationships with nearly all of his extended family. Unpopular because of his alliance with England, sixteenth century chroniclers report that he was assassinated in 1488 near Bannockburn after the Battle at Milltown. He ruled Scotland from 1460 to 1488. Interestingly, also in Scotland, my ancestral clans include the clan of Sir William Wallace, famously known as Braveheart (who died about 150 years before James III's reign in Scotland). Sir William Wallace was stripped naked, dragged through the city at the heels of a horse, hanged, drawn and quartered on August 23, 1305. My paternal great grandmother's maiden surname is Wallace, of Clan Wallace. William Wallace is believed to have had a surviving daughter. Consequently, given King James III's estrangement from all other members of his family (including those of U5b and Wallace heritage), we can see that James III was not of like spirit with those carrying the U5b lineage or the Wallace name in medieval Scotland. The U5b lineage and the Wallace Clan of my own ancestors still carried the rebel spirit powerfully, while King James III betrayed it.
Non-specific U5b is also found among the Queens of Bavaria, Bohemia and Carinthia - all regions closely related and renowned for their social unconventionality and artistry. These queens were nonconformists themselves, and their leadership supported among the people the rebel trait of the ancestors in a most positive manner. These U5b queens valued freedom of spirit.
King Albert II of Germany was the son of U5b Joanna Sophia of Bavaria and Albert IV, Duke of Austria. The marriage of the parents of King Albert ended in feud. Duke Albert often quarreled with members of the family of Joanna Sophia. The feuding quarrels characterizing these relationships suggests that the spirits which gave birth to King Albert II of Germany were not at peace with one another, a feuding disharmony which led Albert II to war with the (U5b) Bohemians in 1438 and to his death in 1439.
Frederick the Fair, Duke of Austria and King of Germany (1289 - 1330) was the son of U5b Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Germany who was born in Bavaria. Elizabeth was described as "shrewd and enterprising, and in possession of commercial talents." Clearly, Elizabeth was not your ordinary queen and most likely engaged in commercial business pursuits of her own. Bavarian born U5b Queen Elizabeth of Germany was a creative and thinking business woman - an unusual rebel trait for a queen and for women of those times.
During the period 1289 to 1439 (when 1439 is the same year as the death of King Albert II, whose father ferociously feuded with Bavarian U5b families, see above), a few Dukes and Archdukes of Austria from the House of Habsburg, the most influential and distinguished royal house of Europe, had U5b mothers. After 1438, when the Throne of Habsburg became a Throne of the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburgian Austrian Throne of the Holy Roman Empire was never again (as far as we know) occupied by anyone with a U5b maternal lineage. As destiny (and the rebel spirit of the U5b Direwolf) would have it, the Habsburg Austrian male lineage became extinct in 1740, and its female lineage became extinct in 1780. Perhaps the Habsburg lineages became cursed during the feud of King Albert II with the family of U5b Joanna Sophia. Who can know?
King Francis I of France (1494 - 1597) had a U5b maternal lineage. This King was a prodigious patron of the arts, initiated the French Renaissance, commissioned many artists including Leonardo da Vinci, encouraged new ways of thinking (which propelled the spread of humanism and Protestantism), and was renowned as a 'man of letters' (a literate intellectual thinker). His U5b mother herself was a Renaissance Woman. With the rise of the Renaissance, Protestantism and Humanism, we can see rebellion against the Holy Roman Empire spiritually, culturally, religiously and politically beginning to take firm root - and U5b is there giving it birth and nurturing it.
King Henry IV of France (1553 - 1610), known as the Good King Henry and Henry the Great, also had a U5b maternal lineage. His U5b mother was Queen Regnant Jeanne d'Albret of Navarre, a Basque Kingdom. The predominant female lineage among the Basque people is U5b. The Basque language is unrelated to Indo-European, making the Basque people an odd people among Europeans. The Basque language is thought by linguists to be a surviving Old World European language. The Good King Henry was assassinated because of his Protestant faith by the fanatical Catholic, Francois Ravaillac.
There is clearly a rebel pattern we see here with U5b daughters of the Direwolf. Indeed, it is a mythic pattern which has been playing out over thousands of years of history. The collective egregore of U5b female lineages is overwhelmingly not supportive of European Christian monarchies which have tended to subjugate women and concentrate power in the hands of a few. The U5b egregore seems to have positively excepted the free-spirited lands of Bohemia, Bavaria and Carinthia, whose U5b queens supported freethinking, creativity and perhaps democratic capitalism (over imperial exploitation) for the people in its purest, most noble sense. Freedom to think. Freedom to create. And freedom to enjoy the fruits of one's own creative endeavors.
I, myself, am a witch. A Red Thread U5b Witch. And my maternal Clan Totem Spirit, still, is the Direwolf.