Chronicles of High Society Madrid: the host little girl, the Lesbian Countess, the Duchess of Fine mustache ...

The day of execution by Garrote Vil de Javiera Fernández and Mariana García, condemned by murdering Doña Narcisa, her lady, the newspapers collected with luxury

Chronicles of High Society Madrid: the host little girl, the Lesbian Countess, the Duchess of Fine mustache ...

The day of execution by Garrote Vil de Javiera Fernández and Mariana García, condemned by murdering Doña Narcisa, her lady, the newspapers collected with luxury the truculent history of the Crime of the moon. The chronicle was published next to the column of the Atropello of the day (the trams caused havoc), the political chronicle and the last party of the Duchess or the Marquise of Turn. Among miseries, deaths due to starvation and murders, Madrid aristocrats threw the palace out the window and competed for being the best hosts of the capital.

It was by chance, in the search for documentation about the adjustment of the marshes of Doña Narcisa, as Marisol Donis stumbled upon the social Chronicle of Madrid of the late XIX, so opulent and fascinating that made him change the black chronicle by the rose. Pharmaceutical, criminologist and writer, Donis is the author of several crimes books, especially committed by women, (poisoners, the sphere of books, is his best-seller) but has finished publishing amphitronas (Ed. Turner), the chronicle Social of the Madrid Salons between the late nineteenth and early twentieth.

The book, full of unpublished photographs of the great Spanish families, opens the doors of the Palacios Madrid to narrate how they organized their great parties, as they received at home, the weddings of their children, how the pink press was born and who were their protagonists .

It has not been easy, confesses Donis to Loc, which has been since 2016, traveling all the archives of the capital and diving between legacies tied with ropes to unravel the secrets of the Duques de Medinaceli, Fernán Núñez, Montellano or Dúrcal, the Countess of Montijo , Emilia Pardo Bazán ... All of them walk through hostess, where its chroniclers have a prominent role. Writers like John Valera (Pepita Jiménez) or Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Alfredo Escobar (father of Luis Escobar) or Montecristo, could shatter business and abort marriages from a plumas.

"They had a huge power, without them the aristocrats were nothing, if they did not appear cited in the Chronicles, it's over," says the author. And, although from time to time they put an envelope in the jacket, the chroniclers were not allowed to buy as well as. "They won well and hated the arrivists, it is true that they adorned the texts with a lot of adjectives, especially for the ladies of more than older, but they also launched darts. Valera, for example, called unbearable and rude girl to Eugenia de Montijo, And he talked about the 'Fine Mustache' of the Duchess of Medinacelli. " Donis sustains, besides, that he was the precursor of Jaime Peñafiel style, "the last real social chronicler," she highlights.

"Valera started using initials to relate a case of adultery. He could not reveal the names, although he gave so many data that the alleged cuckold threatened him with challenging duel. He invented the chssals ... of Peñafiel."

Among the host donis stands out as his favorites to Mercedes Céjuela, Gloria Laguna and Nini Castellanos. The first is the mother of Margarita Gómez-holly, the woman of Simeon of Bulgaria, who organized a memorable children's parties. "Merceditas was a host girl, she was the one who received, at age 11, not her parents, she was a unique daughter, a very spoiled girl but very list and Esteta, did not do eccentricity. Organized theater functions, wardrobe exhibitions of her Dolls ... The chroniclers worshiped her and pursued her as the paparazzi, "he says. Mercedes cut off the hoists and married Manuel Gómez-Acebo in 1929. Both died tragicly a month after the burst of the civil war on her family farm. She was 32 years old.

Gloria Laguna, Countess of Requena, is another of the favorites of the author, "All a discovery", says. The daughter of the Marquises de la Laguna The Chroniclers augurned a brilliant future as Celebrity. She was rather ugly- "Actually, very few were beautiful, they brought jewels but did not throw away many shaves," says Donis- but very intelligent and fun. Laguna was lesbian and did not hide it, although she got married. "It was part of the Panda de Carmen de Burgos Columine, Alberto Insúa and Antonio Hoyos. From the Palco del Real, he was going from spree to the low funds of Madrid with Jacinto Benavente and Tórtola Valencia, which was beautiful. It was also a friend of brown Bazan , that he put her in the athenaeum. " The chronicles counted that she smoked like a road.

The third is Mercedes Nini Castellanos, friend of Queen Victoria Eugenia and the secret bride of Miguel Primo de Rivera. "He, who was a widow, did not want to make the relationship public, but it was the comidilla of Madrid. The journalist César González Ruano planted a day at Nini's house and asked if they were going to marry. The exclusive was the cover of the magazine Stampa but he burst the wedding. Primo de Rivera left her planted as she saw the publication, but she, despite the scandal, followed with her life. He was an independent woman, much richer than he.

Date Of Update: 26 November 2021, 09:09

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