Britain raped India. And China. And Africa. And the Middle East. And and and. Great, Britain!Great work!Work of great energy, bravery, and determination, yes! And also work of great arrogance, great selﬁshness, great spiritual blindness, and great small-mindedness. Consider all of the brutalization, suffering, and dehumanization brought to humanity by that cruel work!And the work, no doubt, of many of my ancestors.
Richard Grenville, (1542-1591), renowned English sea captain, was the ﬁrst cousin once removed of a direct ancestor of mine, George Grenville (who died in 1580). Sir Richard Grenville’s grandfather, also named Richard Grenville, was the brother of George’s father, Digory Grenville (d.1539). Sir Richard Grenville’s great-grandfather, Sir Roger Grenville (1477-1523), was my great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great grandfather (12 greats). Sir Roger Grenville’s father was Sir Thomas Grenville (1450-1513), who among other things was a close assistant to King Henry VII. Sir Thomas Grenville was descended from yet another Sir Richard Grenville, who