While listening to a history podcast, it struck me that three figures from early European history, Charles “The Hammer” Martel, Pepin the Short, and Charlemagne, are all legitimately “great” historical figures/leaders. Each had accomplishments or conquests that would earn them places in the history book. And they are Father-son-grandson.
Which got me thinking… are there longer strings of consecutive parent-child-grandchild-etc where each member of the chain was a “great” historical figure? Presumably there are plenty of long chains of reigning monarchs, but plenty of monarchs (even of powerful kingdoms) are, of course, fairly medicore, if not downright poor.
There could also be answers in fields other than history… are there 4 successive generations of great success in the entertainment industry, for instance?