Rashi's weird genealogy
People, I need some help here!
On his father side, Rashi's family ends with his grandfather Shlomo. Then you have a 20 generations gap, and again a lineage to King David (http://www.loebtree.com/rashi.html). I have a question... If they lost a part of the genealogy, how comes the oldest part is still known? Normally, the part between roughly 450 and 950 would be easier to know than what was before...
I've heard of a theory: the genealogy isn't really lost but the descendents of Rashi destroyed it.
450-950 is the period of the Merovingian & Caroligian dynasties. At this time, the Christians didn't really understand the differences between themselves and the Jews, and there are many examples of intermarriage, especially in the aristocracy (Rashi's family is descended from King David).
Indeed Rashi, hisfirst cousin, his son in law and his grand daughter had very close ties with Christians & crusaders.
I've found that a crusader names Richard de Saint-Gely claimed to be a distant cousin of Rabbenu Tam after saving his life, but that Rabbenu Tam wouldn't say if it was true or not. I found a man named "Saul" as an ancestor of Richard, and the name Gely / Gelly is born by some Jewish families in France. Saint-Gely is a French town, and according to documents its first Jewish community dates from the 5th century... the beginning of the missing generations!
So maybe only Rashi's grandfather went back to religion (which could explain why the family was extremely religious, because of a "complex"), or something? I'm really trying to find something about it, since I'm Rashi's 27th great grand daughter... What do you think? Is it just a lot of coincidences, or...?
Oh, and sorry for my broken English, I'm French...