Thursday, February 22

The ‘scandal’ of the flag of the conquest of Cáceres and a museum with land from Extremadura

Cerralbo Museum It is a box full of surprises. The photographer said it the other day
Guinea seeing that in this museum they keep, wrapped in old newspapers and in bags, earth from different places of
Estremadura. “It’s incredible,” he said, “there are at least five packages that wrap earth and also grass. They belong to travel memories of
Antonio Maria del Valle y Serrano,
Marquis of Villa-Huerta. He himself wrote in his own handwriting where they were taken. They are places with strange names, which he indicated come from Extremadura: Del
Cave Hillfrom
high sleevesfrom
The Bevilleja and of
The Puffins. I have located some sites in the province of
head of the ox and

We were looking at who was that marquis who had such love for the land of Extremadura. We found out that he was the friend and stepson of the
XVII Marquis of Cerralbowho had married his widowed mother.

Antonio del Valle y Serrano was born in
1846being his father
Antonio Maria del Valle Angelinwho was court attorney and senator for
Caceres. When his father died in
1863. Eight years later her mother married her friend the XVII Marquis of Cerralbo. The two Marquises had met while studying
Philosophy and Letters on the
Central University of Madrid, and the two were united by a passion for literature. Antonio del Valle, the Extremadura land collector, founded the artistic society
‘The Dawn’ and he wrote romantic poems and novels such as ‘Luis and Regina’, ‘The tradition of a village’, ‘The prisoner of Castelnovo’ or ‘A hero of the 13th century’. He died at the age of 54, in

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savior guinea made another curious discovery of the Cerralbo Museum, the other afternoon, in the
Drafting. It turns out that the mansion has a room called
The Columns, a room that was used for smoking (when tobacco was said to be healthy). A room full of works of art and curious objects. In that place, on the mantelpiece, in addition to two candlesticks, a crucifix with a
Christ ivory and a gilt table clock, there is a gilt silver monstrance-reliquary. Guinea came across a photograph of what the reliquary contains.

-Chacho! he exclaimed. In the reliquary there is not a saint’s bone, what there are are two old pieces of cloth.

–What an occurrence! I said as I finished some information about a trial.

“They are not just any two fabrics,” continued the photographer from the computer where he processes his photos. Below one is written: «Fragment of the famous banner of
Las Navas de Tolosawhich is preserved in
Royal Monastery of Las Huelgasof the very noble city of

“That banner is impressive, it’s full of meanings,” he said.
Manuel Charity from his post, while editing news for the
digital TODAY–. The Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa, in
Jaenit was in
1212 and very important in
Reconquest. The king
Alfonso VIIIthe same one who founded
Plasencia, achieved a decisive victory and snatched that banner from the Arabs as if it were a war trophy. It measures more than three meters and is the best preserved Almohad tapestry.
Frank exhibited it in
victory parade from
1939. Now there are Islamists who say that it must be recovered at all costs, that we have it kidnapped. That’s what they say,” she indicated, smiling.

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-The other piece of cloth -continued the photographer- has this sentence written below: «Fragment of the flag that Alfonso VIII carried to the conquest of Cáceres». The Museum points out that this annotation is confused, and refers to King Alfonso IX (and not Alfonso VIII), who, taking advantage of the weakening of Muslim power after the defeat of Las Navas de Tolosa, conquered Cáceres in

“The fabric will be red, of course,” said Caridad self-sufficiently.

-No. It is white and blue.

-How?! Let me see!” Caridad shouted, approaching Guinea’s computer as quickly as possible. It’s true… it’s a piece of cream-colored silk trimmed in blue. But… if he
banner of Saint George which is in the mayor’s office, the one who is said to have
Alfonso IX in the reconquest of Cáceres… it is red! This is a scandal! A scandal! – He repeated several times turning around.

–But… stop, man! what do you look like
raphael singing the song It won’t be that bad –I said to try to calm him down.

Yes, it is a scandal. If a specialist already told me that this banner is impossible for it to be from the century
XIIIwhich is more than
fifteenthof the
Catholic kings, because it has a lion and a castle, and then the two kingdoms were united. What you have to do is look everywhere for this white and blue flag of the conquest of Cáceres. You have to look for it everywhere. My goodness… What a scandal!

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