Memoirs of the Empress Eugenie - Vol. 1

Memoirs of the Empress Eugenie - Vol. 1

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Memoirs of the Empress Eugenie - Vol. 1

Memoirs of the Empress Eugenie - Vol. 1

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The House of Guzman, one of the most distinguished of Spain, goes back to the first years of the Spanish monarchy. Amongst its celebrities it counts the famous Alonzo Perez de Guzman who, while Governor of Tarifa in 1291, allowed the besieging Moors to cut off his son's head rather than surrender the citadel. Hence the motto of the house: "Mas pesa el rey que la sangre" (The King is more than blood). Besides the family of Montijo, those of Medina Coeli, Medina Sidonia, Las Torres and Olivares are branches of the Guzman house. Gaspard de Guzman, Count-Duke of Olivares, was an all-powerful minister under Philip IV.

Royal blood also runs in the veins of the family; the Empress Eugénie was the grand-niece of Alphonse X, King of Leon and of Castille. Moreover, she was not the first of her race to rise to a throne. In the 17th century, Dona Luiza Francisca de Guzman, daughter of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, married the Duke of Braganza who became king of Portugal under the title of John IV, and ruled from 1640 to 1656. The Counts of Montijo are also connected with the family of Acunha of which two . . .

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