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Old 05-24-2010, 11:22 PM
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Some representations of the Medici Coats of Arms
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1 & 2 - House of Medici, Florentine branch (Grand Dukes of Tuscany)
3 - Papal Arms of Clement VII
4 - Papal Arms of Leo XI
5 - Milan branch
6 - Verona branch
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:01 PM
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I didn't know we have (or had) a branch of Medici family here in Verona! Any more news on them?
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:53 PM
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Here is a link where you can follow their line from the Princes of Ottajano to the first known Medici(through red letters):

Medici 7

Papa Leone XI is also from Ottajano line and was born Alessandro di Ottaviano de' Medici as well as popes Leon X and Clemente VII...

Here is also one more link to this Medici line:

Famiglia de' Medici

Here is also a link about Ottaviano de’ Medici di Toscana di Ottajano who wrote a book about his family:

Edizioni Polistampa - Ottaviano de’ Medici di Toscana di Ottajano




Can anyone tell me more about this branch of the family?
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Old 05-25-2010, 03:50 PM
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The Verona branch of the Medici has roots that stretch back to June 16, 1403 under Roberto de Medici, and in 1406 the branch were granted the title of Nobile Consiglio di Verona, first to a Vincenzo de Medici. The branch was also awarded the title of Counts of Caprara (on June 12, 1621) and Counts of Gavardo (on Aprile 6, 1796). Following the Congress of Vienna, the Verona branch reconfirmed their standing as Nobile on May 3, 1821. The branch's comital titles were reconfirmed on April 3, 1822.

The branch's coat of arms is the blue and silver striped shield posted by Warren above.

The Ottajano branch is actually the one from Naples and Turin. If you flip back to page 20, the branch's coat of arms is the "Naples and Turin branches" with the papal keys and canopy ( like the photograph of the carving in the link you posted).

This branch of Medici is connected to popes Leon X, Clemente VII, and Leon XI, and their roots are of Tuscan princes. The two major lines of the Ottajano were given fuedal titles first to Giuliano and Giovanni de Medici as Marquis of Castellina and Prince of Ottajano (also spelled Ottaiano in old Italian).

The secondary line of this branch was given the title of Patrician of Naples (for all males) and Nobles of the Princes of Ottajano (for both the males and females of the line).
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Old 05-27-2010, 02:46 AM
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Does someone know about the Orsini family?
Just watched a handsome prince, last name 'Orsini' on the Australian Ladette to Lady TV Show. Can anyone give light to his background as in the current Royal Orsini family? I love Italians!
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:55 AM
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Just watched a handsome prince, last name 'Orsini' on the Australian Ladette to Lady TV Show. Can anyone give light to his background as in the current Royal Orsini family? I love Italians!
Was he this guy? http://www.orsini-gotha.com/principe...o%20orsini.jpg
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:26 PM
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Just watched a handsome prince, last name 'Orsini' on the Australian Ladette to Lady TV Show. Can anyone give light to his background as in the current Royal Orsini family? I love Italians!
What did the prince do on the show?
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Old 05-28-2010, 03:37 AM
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Doesn't look like him unless he changed his hair?!

Here is the clip on Ladette to Lady (enjoy!) (Watch the whole clip as he talks to the camera twice)



Any info on him would be great! What a handsome Italian nobleman! :)
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Marchesa Luisa Casati

Marchesa Casati was one of the most eccentric and stylish aristocrats of Italy.

Luisa Casati was the inspiration for the current fashion label of "Marchesa".

Enclosed is a link devoted to her. She is discussed in relation to other period luminaries, such as the poet Gabriele d'Annunzio, and her famous portrait by Giovanni Boldini can also been seen by opening the link of his name.

http://www.marchesacasati.com/bio.html
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:34 AM
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Yesterday I was reading Wikipedia's page on Licio Gelli, Italian financier and Venerable Master of Masonic lodge Propaganda Due; it says that Gelli was created Count by King Umberto II.
Is it true? And is it known why did the King ennoble such a controversial man?
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:55 AM
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Yes it's true, the royal decree was signed on 10 july 1980. I can speculate that somebody involved in P2 (many of them were influential people) happened to be close to the king and convinced him to ennoble Mr Gelli. Btw here an article in which the duke of Aosta talk about this. The official reasons for the ennoblement are: work as writer and as an argentinian plenipotenciary minister (in the years of the argentinian dictatorship) and also fighting in the spanish civil war for Franco. il duca: difendo il conte Gelli
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Old 06-27-2010, 12:03 PM
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Lapo Elkann Polo Host Committee

It appers that Lapo Elkann was on the host committe for Prince Harry's polo match in America. http://experience.veuve-clicquot.com/us/polo/

Was Lapo on it to push for Ferrari as the official car for the match?
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While researching the claims of one Luigi Poeti-Marentini that he is descended from Archduke Ernst and his wife, Laura Skublics de Besseny et Velike, I discovered this thread where the same topic is being discussed.

First off: I am now of the opinion that Poeti-Marentini is a fake. My research has shown he seems to have concocted a fairly elaborate claim to be descended from Archduke Ernst's son Heinrich von Wallburg. And it seems to all be done to get money through a phony foundation.

Next: Here are some answers to Wallburg questions that come up on this thread. Archduke Ernst and Laura Skublics did indeed marry (I have the marriage record). But they did so without permission from Emp. Franz Joseph. They eloped to Ljubljana (then called Laibach). The priest who married them was Laura's cousin, and one of the witnesses was Ernst's brother, Heinrich.

Franz Joseph was aware this had happend and was willing to let sleeping dogs lie as long as Ernst & Laura remained discreet, which they were. Laura adopted the name Frau von Wallburg upon marriage, and they had four children, also named von Wallburg. Elder daughter Laura was mentally ill (retarded? insane? it is not clear); younger daughter, Clothilde married twice: Sedul Pegger and then Jen Szimics, had 3 children by Pegger, (the son was killed in WWI and the daughters married Italians and have many descendants remaining today); elder son, Ern, I'll talk more about; younger son, Heinrich committed in 1888, his death certificate lists him as unmarried.

Fast forward to 1909. Ernst, Laura, Laura Jr., and Heinrich are all dead, Clothilde is married to her 2nd husband. So Ern is the only von Wallburg left. He begins parading around Budapest as "Baron" (never created) von Wallburg and claiming that the Imperial Court in Vienna deprived him of his inheritance. He & Clothilde sued for a fortune that they thought thier father had left behind. Vienna claimed their father died so far in debt, it consumed all of his estate, the kids claimed Ernst had vast wealth beyond what Vienna was admitting to.

The end result was the Emperor won (big surprise!) and he punished Ern by declaring Ernst & Laura's marriage to be invalid since they did not ask permission. An Imperial order was issued requiring the civil records and the church to change the birth and baptismal records to reflect that the children and grandchildren of Ernst & Laura were illegitimate and changed the names to Skublics de Besseny et Velike (Skublics is the named used for day-to-day purposes, but the full name is still the legal name). I have copies of all of the baptismal records of Ern's children; the name von Wallburg is crossed through and Skublics added with a notation of the date in 1909 it was done and that it was by Imperial Decree.

I am slowly putting together a book about Ernst, Laura and their descendants, so I have tons of info about them. Someone asked about va (Skublics) Pados, Egon's daughter. As far as I know she and her husband are still alive. Last I heard about them was 4-5 months ago. I maintain contact with their sons.

Back to Poeti-Marentini: He claims his grandmother is one Alice von Wallburg-Habsburg. There is not, nor ever was, such a person. The name Wallburg-Habsburg is a fiction. As far as I can tell, no one from the Wallburg line ever used the Habsburg name. I actually asked Archduke Otto several years ago when he made all of the morganaut Habsburgs Graf/Grfin von Habsburg if this title was extended to the Wallburg descendants and he told me it did not.

Hope this clears up some stuff.
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I found your post debunking "Alice von Wallburg-Habsburg" quite interesting. In my opinion, very few of Europe's "ancient noble lineages" have any real genetic validity. Their current representatives are, in fact , the descendants of well-connected bourgeoisie who made the transition to the nobility by annexing themselves to some pre-existing noble family, whose own ancestors had probably done exactly the same thing a couple of centuries previously.
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I was wondering if anyone knows more about the family of poet Dante Alighieri. From my understanding, he comes from an impoverished noble line of Firenze. Dante Alighieri - Poems, Biography, Quotes
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:12 PM
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Yes, Alighieri family was a Tuscan noble family, but I don't know whether they had some title or not.

Dante's son Pietro moved in Verona, where in 1353 he bought some lands in Gargagnago, near to Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, 15km north-west of Verona; there he built a wonderful mansion, still in possession of his descendants: Villa Serego-Alighieri.
The male line of the family ended in 1558 at the death of Francesco Alighieri, who didn't had male issue; his assets and surname were inherited by the husband of his niece Ginevra, Marcantonio Serego, who took the surname Serego-Alighieri.
Today Serego-Alighieri family is headed by Count Pieralvise, born in 1954, who lives in the family mansion and is a wine producer (and excellent wine). He's married and father of two daughters.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:27 AM
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Italian Noble and Princely Families

I am probably being pedantic but if I remember my undergraduate Human Sciences courses. nobility is not actually in the genes - of anyone! It is an achievement. In most European countries nobility is hereditary in the male line, though in Hungary, Spain and Scotland nobility can, and often does, pass through female lines.

If we all observed democratic legislative laws then we should treat the great great grandchildren of former German and Austrian aristocrats as our universal equals; but do we?
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Princely Count Vitus Sebastian Barbaro is the great-grandson of Princely Count Giambattista Valerianus Barbaro of the line "Barbaro dell'Albergo". That line of the Barbaro family also uses Albergo as a surname. His mother is of a Germanic/Italian aristocratic family, and her father the last baron of the line just died recently, there was a story about him, and he was laid to rest in Rome.

Princely Count Vitus Sebastian Barbaro also invented the "Barbaro knot" for ties- which has been featured in a few fashion articles. He is well known for "sprezzatura".

Sprezzatura (fashion)
Actually, Vitus Sebastian Barbaro is a complete hoax. Go back two pages on this thread and you'll see the various false claims systematically demolished. Don't worry, you aren't the first person to be fooled by this hoaxer.

That's where research is helpful. The more you know, the more obvious the Vitus Barbaro hoax is.

The real Barbaros and their real accomplishments were quite interesting.
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Following are the branches of Barbaro family:

of San Giorgio (noble of the Marquis)
of Sant'Angelo (Venitian Patrician)
of Torino (Count and Venician Patrician)
of Galizia (Veniatian Patrician)
of San Gregorio (Venitian Patrician and Count)
When and how did the San Giorgio and San Gregorio branches gain their titles?
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On the topic of wines again, I was curious if someone knew more about Cordero wines. Cordero di Montezemolo - Wine Cellar Monfalletto

Is Giovanni, Luca di Montezemolo's brother or cousin?
What relation is Giovanni to the Cardinal di Montezemolo?
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