He build a blog that wants to break down a Scholar, without even inserting a footnote … and here, quoting (like you) Totò and speaking from the banco degli amputati [the dock where the defendant sits in a court room… but the Italian text plays on the word amputato (amputee), in this case meaning deprived of scientific truth, and the word imputato (defendant)], I tell you: “ma mi faccia il piacere!” repeating the most famous reply of Totò to affirmations far from the truth.
What sense can have, in addition to the statements not documented or based on misrepresentations of my words, the judgments in the moral field coming from a person who demonstrates with his own ANONYMOUS behaviour that he does not know certain principles of correctness that are taught by the family?
In the text, in addition to making completely false claims that we will see, he attributes to me or to my family tradition that my family is noble, (on the contrary the nobility of the degli Uberti-Ubertis of Casale Monferrato is supported by past and contemporary historians); he extrapolates pieces of my articles, distorting their meaning and he accuse me of “coat of arms usurpation”, thus portraying myself as a “great expert” who accepts such usurpations for himself, does not know the nobiliary law of Monferrato and the Principality of Piedmont and moves with the adjective of childish in these subjects, being moreover also “vulgar and in bad taste” for having bought British feudal titles, in short, “an artificial noble, fabriqué de toutes pièces”.
I think he doesn’t realize that he is also offending great and noble families who, like me, bought feudal properties in the past, thus obtaining nobiliary titles that have been recognized by the Kingdom of Italy.
I mention only three Families of my city Casale Monferrato: the Morelli of Popolo and Ticineto, the Biandrà of Reaglie, the Gozzani of Treville and San Giorgio. He should remember that my feudal estate in England, Benham Valence, is registered in the H.M. Land Registry; while for the Barony of Cartsburn the Lord Lyon of the Kingdom of Scotland, the heraldic authority who in the name of H.M. the Queen recognizes and grants the coats of arms, recognizes the genealogies, the nobiliary and feudal dignities, recognized me as Pier Felice Alberto Renato degli Uberti, baron of Cartsburn, and it seems to me that on this the ANONYMOUS should only be silent having no authority in merit. His accusations are Kafkaesque and amusing for a scholar like me who has set his entire mission in bringing these subjects back to the dignity of science, downsizing the use of the word “nobility” in Italy where since the advent of the Italian Republic it does not exist , but the ANONYMOUS probably hopes that in the mass of readers (has posted the blog on various sites) someone will believe and support his absurdities, aiming to undermine my authority as a scientist.
But if the ANONYMOUS dreams of arousing interest and finally bringing me into disrepute with his blog, he must also know that my admirers will not give any weight to it, and my detractors will gloat for a few minutes only to find that they have nothing in their hands. But perhaps it is enough for him to try to cover me in mud. The blog unimaginatively retraces the chatter of other anonymous defamatory attacks (some ended with convictions of the authors with court sentences).
It is a rule to never answer to the defamations of an ANONYMOUS, but I am always different from the crowd, and having now the great possibility of being able to express my thoughts at 360° I certainly do not miss this excellent opportunity! The elucubrations of the ANONYMOUS drive a true Scholar to conclude that he demonstrates heraldic, genealogical and historical incompetence of nobiliary law, highlighting a lack of studies in these subjects of an academic nature, and the sure absence of at least one master obtained after the master’s degree in University of countries where the nobility is recognized and protected by the state. I say this because with an academic degree he could at least have learned how to write with an academic appearance. I remember that all Scholars know that referring to these subjects, the academic title alone is not enough to be considered experts, but it is also necessary to belong to undisputed International Academies such as that of Heraldry, or Genealogy, and perhaps to be a Commissioner of the International Commission for Orders of Chivalry. These are well-known private organizations attended by the greatest scholars in the world, and if you ask yourself why all are private, without the official recognition of a state, I will explain to you that what could appear to be a decrease, in reality it is precisely the demonstration that they are truly scientific organisms, super partes, because if they were linked to the recognition of a state, someone could doubt their cultural superiority. Those who do not follow this path that I have indicated today, unlike in the past, do not find credit among the Scholars of the world.
The author of the defamatory blog, as you can read, is obsessed with nobility and lives it in an abstract and romanticizing dimension that has nothing to do with historical reality, using his archaic vision to discredit me and my skills as a scientist and forgetting that I am perhaps the only one in Italy who always remembers that nobility in the Italian Republic does not exist, so much so that with the Duke de Vargas-Machuca we transformed the association Unione della Nobiltà d’Italia – UNI founded in 1986 into Historical Families of Italy – FSI, and then in 2011 with Archduke Josef Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen Historical Families of Europe – HFE.
But not only that, today – in the private sphere – I am thinking of giving life to ICOC CERT, where after a scrupulous examination of the documentation provided, it will be possible to certify both the coat of arms and one’s genealogy in a univocal way, that is not modifiable or falsifiable, using the blockchain technology and asymmetric cryptographic techniques on the Bitcoin network. Each certificate will also have its own QR Code that will incorporate the digital signature and will be verifiable through the mobile app downloadable from the Google Play Store or from the Apple Store.
Thanking the ANONYMOUS defamer again to give me the opportunity to further divulge my thought as a certified scholar, for my modus operandi I will maintain in the discussion that serious scientific rigor that has pushed me for decades towards the study of mistreated subjects and considered for centuries without scientific reliability, but which unfortunately interest many people like this ANONYMOUS. Now I know well that my authority has created and creates discontent not only in genealogy falsifiers, false grand masters, dreamers obsessed with a false idea of the nobility, but above all those who, having set their business on “nobility”, feel threatened by my demythologizing their theories and bringing their potential clients back to the harsh reality of the facts. After all, since the fall of the Monarchy, I demythologized many arguments supported by individuals who had the sole purpose of gaining on the naive credulity of people not accustomed to these studies. So, I will be able to offer here once again the possibility for those interested in scientific truth to find advantages for the study of family history and avoid wasting money for the benefit of scammers.
But why the ANONYMOUS (or him with his claque) is so angry with me to the point of wasting hours and hours building a blog dedicated to me, frantically posting it on other sites (not all serious), focused on a topic really obsolete: nobility and titles of Pier Felice degli Uberti both in Italy and abroad? Argument that, if we think about it, nobody really cares about…
May be he feels damaged by my authority to the point of trying to undermine it. My story will give you the opportunity to judge for yourself whether it is worth wasting time so unnecessarily …
Of course if I lived during the Kingdom of Italy (where up to 75 years ago the nobility had legal relevance), and if there was still a historical situation different from our current time, where almost all are disinterested in nobiliary recognition (what it is now it’s hard to say), perhaps I would have requested it, and if I had not obtained it (the nobility is a mixture of historical rights and political opportunities), obviously (after having used all the possibilities offered to me by the law to counter any negative opinion), as a good citizen I would have adhered to the decision of the state and accepted it because I believe in the authority of the state.
If the blog had been written with a real name and surname, by a Scholar of these subjects, I would also have been pleased, we could have discussed it politely, and if he had convinced me that his arguments were correct, as I have done other times in my life, I would also have changed my mind, because for me scientific truth is that reference value of the greatest importance.
But here unfortunately we are faced with what, in the best way I would define an amateur who has read badly or does not know or does not want to read my writings (in the blog he quotes a publication that begins in the title with the word “Appunti” that is: Appunti Genealogici sulla Famiglia degli Uberti (Genealogical notes on the degli Uberti Family). In Italian the word “Notes” (Appunti) indicates a summary note or better synthetic note. This is an article made in 1986 to support at the request of my dear friend Dr. Lorenzo Caratti di Valfrei for his work that deals with the nobility in Monferrato, preserved in the State Archives of Alessandria.
I am convinced that one can disagree with my way of thinking on the subject of nobility, but my every affirmation is proven with scientific rigor. Obviously if there was a documented disagreement I would be ready to discuss it, but I would only do it with a certified scholar because those who know me know well that I have little time to waste and I certainly cannot throw it away unnecessarily when I understand that the reasons for the dissent go beyond the luminous research of historical truth, and sink into obscure reasons that the ANONYMOUS himself does not have the courage to reveal, perhaps ashamed of it.
INFOMATIC ATTACKS AGAINST PIER FELICE DEGLI UBERTI AND OTHER SCHOLARS
This blog is the latest of the cyber attacks against my person, which took place shortly after having suffered others since my friends wanted me to be visible on social media (but that’s another topic).
As I have already written elsewhere, since 1988 when I became Secretary General of the Junta de Italia of the Asociacion de Hidalgos de España, and especially when I founded – with my friends – the Italian Genealogical Heraldic Institute – IAGI, attacks begun against my person, precisely because of the innovative seriousness in these studies of the association that we have established with an evident scientific character, which promotes a very different reality from what we see in other organizations: to this it must be added the work carried out by our prestigious magazine Nobiltà which, being actual and pragmatic and widespread in all circles of serious professionals, gives great annoyance to those interested ones who can be defined as counterfeiters, collectors of fake honors, people who unduly earn with documentaries sciences of history selling dreams even at a high price, or simple envious people unable to do the same, and I add to the list again those few that I had to replace because they were too far from my way of thinking, strictly connected to the reality of our everyday contemporaneity, and in compliance with the laws of the Italian Republic. Among the defamatory attacks (which at the end have always brought me good!) I remember the one that took place at 12.30 on Christmas day 2007, two months after my father’s death when a poem dedicated to me and my wife appeared in a blog where an ANONYMOUS transformed the title of Count of Cavaglià into Count of Canaglia (scoundrel), stating that we were lucky not to have children because they would have been carriers of genetic defects. Mr. GC. M. D.P obtained as a result, after being caught by the Postal Police, the sentence of the first instance (he didn’t appeal) of the Court of Novi Ligure, giving me a sentence issued by a Court of the Italian Republic that identifies me, even if I did not appear or my name (Pier Felice) nor my surname (degli Uberti or Ubertis), as Count of Cavaglià. Another gift offered to me by a vain attempt of defamation. I would like to clarify that this is not an impossible (in the Italian Republic) nobiliary sentence. The constant of all these attacks has always been ANONYMITY and this tells a lot about the human smallness and the problematic nature of someone who would like to stop my path of success in defending the truth, in dismantling false dreams and in an attempt to finally change an environment of studies that was still defined not so long ago the “World of the creators of fairy tales”. This attack does not upset me as perhaps the unknown author would like, because I am aware that it is the normal price to pay for the realization of an Italian project that has no equal, and has proven to be truly valid: it is the price of success! Moreover, reactions of this type are typical of people who prefer to see reality in their distorted form, disregarding the historical truth, as confirmed by the indignant reaction of the defamer on the subject of the sale of nobiliary titles, a fact well known to all historians but rejected by those who, living outside the remnants of the nobility world, have an abstract and altered vision of nobility. I must remember that feudal titles have always been sold and purchased for all feudalism, and also many nobiliary titles have been granted behind a semblance of purchase such as the construction of a church etc. To put this kind of attack in the right place, I will therefore make a comparison by retracing a fragment of the history of other attacks against great scholars of these subjects who (not being able to dismantle their seriousness) have seen legends emerge that to an unwary could appear infamous, but which (as I said) in reality they are only the product of envy and the price that every winning person must pay for his success in every area of human life, although insufficient to allay the frustration of the losers.
I begin by remembering what my teacher Vicente de Cadenas y Vicent said in the celebratory lunch of the 25th anniversary of the birth of his magazine Hidalguia back in 1978, and when in 1993, in wishing me not to have to repeat his bitter experience, he wanted to remember the many attacks suffered throughout his life starting with the one referring to being hidalgo (or noble) that his numerous enemies didn’t want to recognize, despite the existence of the executory of hidalguia relating to his direct ancestors or discussing the validity of the Carlist count title of the brother although recognized by the state. They even questioned who his real father was, said that the mother lived in a modest social condition (while the family was more than wealthy), dared to claim that Vicente had not attended university studies, and even implied that he was not even legally the Chronista de Armas first of the Spanish State and then of the Kingdom of Spain! Vicente concluded, smiling, that the only thing that no one could deny was the fact that he had been a Falangist all his life… And it could also be remembered what other private Italian organizations said about the value of the Coat of Arms Certifications, when they were equated to nothing, although fortunately there were those who didn’t give weight to these slanders and today there is a treasure in their hands, as in Italy the heraldic recognition of the family or of the person is impossible. Those, like me, who were lucky enough to know the great de Cadenas know very well who he really was in society, a man who knew how to build the only nobiliary association in the world with social realizations: a university college, two retirement homes (today three), and a publishing house of Documentary Sciences of History which is also unique in the world. I also don’t want to forget the foundation of the oldest School of Genealogy in the world, or the oldest Instituto International de Genealogia y Heraldica, the Instituto Salazar y Castro. And let me remind you that the Real Asociacion de Hidalgos de España is the only nobiliary association in the world, which has always behaved as the nobility should be able to do!!! Those who know the history of the people who have studied and written about the nobility in Italy cannot forget the attacks on the family of the Duke Don Agostino Lucio de Vargas Machuca (Naples, 1864-1936), Marquis of S. Vincenzo, 25th Lord of Vargas, 7th Duke de Vargas Machuca, 18th Count of Urgel, 10th Marquis of Vatolla, 10th Count of Porto, 12th Lord of Varguillos, Count of the S.R.I., whose nobility was indisputable and fully recognized by the Kingdom of Italy, but despite this his enemies spread the rumor that his was a Jewish family that came to Naples in the eighteenth century. And being Piedmontese from Monferrato I still remember that when I was a child to denigrate that gentleman who was the prince don Emilio Guasco Gallarati di Bisio, Marquis of Francavilla, Count of Frascaro, Lord of Bisio, Noble, Patrician of Alexandria, Marquis of Bisio, the malicious tongues ignorant in nobiliary law said that this princely title didn’t belong to him due to lack of documents, despite the inscription of the title in the Golden Book of the Italian nobility. Or I could mention the slanders appeared on the internet against Guy Stair Sainty, one of the greatest scholars of orders of chivalry in the world… or the blog that out of envy and malice defames the most important scholars of these matters with really naive arguments, and I could still add many other cases.
WHY IS THIS DEFAMATORY BLOG AGAINST PIER FELICE DEGLI UBERTI?
Coming back to the attacks that concern my person, this will certainly not be the last in a series of attempted defamations coming from individuals that I have chased away from me for the most various reasons and that (if you have the patience to search) you can find one by one still on the internet, for the simple fact that I have never deleted them, having always been deeply confident both of myself and of the beautiful story of my family.
I wondered if it was worth replying to a person who evidently does not have the courage of his actions and while allowing himself to launch moral judgments (I am referring to the purchase and sale of feudal titles) certainly does not demonstrate an adamantine morality preferring to live in lies by assuming fake identities, concealing himself in anonymity and revealing with this choice to having doubts on his statements, when instead in an academic discussion as long as he does not take offense he would have had the right to reveal his own opinions allowing the discussion.
Unfortunately, as Umberto Eco notes, everyone has a voice on the internet, which is splendid for the usefulness of being able to affirm opinions to the general public, but not so when discussions are held without a real scientific basis.
When I read anonymous attacks against scholars of various subjects on blogs, I wonder why there are people who do not have the courage to express their thoughts with their name and surname, proving to be the first to have doubts about their insinuations and to have something to hide.
Yet we live in a country where freedom of thought is protected. I am perfectly aware that not everyone likes me, and in this category there are: forgers of genealogies and documents (I organize a conference every year where I insert document falsifications), megalomaniacs (who know well that I do not give any importance to past honors without legal recognition), envious (the number of people who do not realize that a job like the one I do with the indispensable help of my wife requires a sacrifice beyond measure to obtain my important results) and, as I have already said, people with ulterior motives in these studies, even if only of economic interest.
Anonymous defamation is the representation of the coward who throws a stone while hiding his hand, a person (or a pool of people) who would be able to commit any criminal act trusting in impunity. But in my experience I have always found that the ANONYMOUS attack is signed because the author or authors lose control in emphasis, leaving traces and clues that ultimately reveal their identity. On the other hand, the case of publications and books signed with the real name and surname of their author is different, published to destroy with the real documents the fantastic pretensions of people who have deceived the public with the most absurd or megalomanic statements of a historical nature; these are truly useful publications because they re-establish respect for truth with correct scientificity, providing precise information to those who do not have the opportunity to deepen a genealogical-nobiliary topic.
ANSWERS AND CONSIDERATIONS ON INACCURATE TOPICS AND FALSE STATEMENTS
The positive aspect of this defamation, I repeat, is that it allows me to spread my thoughts on these topics more, to make readers better understand the reality of our time in relation to what was once the nobility. Only for this (respect for the readers) I have decided to give some answers. Due to the exhaustiveness of the topic dealt with by the defamer, I try not to repeat what I have already written several times by referring to my clear publications, which if read correctly explain in detail everything that has been distorted for sensationalistic purposes and with false statements artfully inserted.
The nobility, as already repeatedly said, existed only if it was recognized by the State, and by nobiliary recognition we must mean the permission to make use of a nobiliary title within that State for the consideration of a tax that is equivalent to what today is the subscription to Radio Television, or to the fishing or hunting license (but I could give dozens of other examples of taxes).
In some states where the nobility is still protected and recognized, the inheritance laws have recently changed, for example by establishing that the first born regardless of sex is the future holder of nobiliary titles. Well, think about it, this is nothing more than a permission of use established by the Sovereign in accordance with the civil laws of the State, because no Sovereign can change the concession card of a nobility or a nobiliary title without granting a new concession, and in the same way in any moment of history the nobiliary succession could be modified with the mutation of the civil law.
So, the existence or not of the nobility is subject to the laws of the state which can change, offering different solutions over time. Returning to the Kingdom of Italy in 1926, the law abolishing female succession for Neapolitan and Sicilian titles was changed, thus depriving many presumptive heirs of titles that fell in succession to persons who had lesser rights based on the granting of the title.
We don’t have to forget that there was the Royal discretion in the recognition of the nobility, or the Renewal, or even the recognition on a different interpretation; for example, I remember the case in the city of Casale Monferrato of a family that during the Kingdom of Sardinia was admitted by grace to the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (when they still required nobiliary proofs) because it was considered not noble; but during the Kingdom of Italy he obtained the recognition of the nobility by ministerial decree, therefore for justice.
If the documentation was the same, what had changed? The opportunity or the benevolence of the Sovereign or the Government. So true historians know that the existence or not of nobility in a family is a truly fleeting concept and subject to various interpretations and mutations. And I do not deal here with the many documentary falsifications that allowed certain families to have the recognition of the nobility.
FROM UBERTIS TO degli UBERTI
Those who attacked me, for ignorance, envy or bad faith, tried to do it starting with the usual Leitmotiv dear to all counterfeiters (whose mindset makes them distort simple reality to interpret it for their own use and consumption) and thus reveals, with the air of unmasking a secret, what I always love to remember everywhere, also because it contains nothing that could discredit me, and simply tells the story of my family that has seen over the centuries (like many families in Italy and abroad) the graphic alternation of the surname in Latin and Italian: it is certainly not a secret, because I am always proud to remember that my birth surname is Ubertis, because my great-great-grandfather Giacomo Francesco Ubertis was registered in this way in 1783 in the certificate of birth and baptism, despite the fact that his father was Giuseppe Felice de Ubertis, and so were his brothers and sisters and his ancestors in all Latin acts, while in those in the Italian vernacular they had at the same time the diction of de li Uberti, or delli Uberti (as can also be seen in the Genealogical Tree of January 1, 1800 that I have published below).
Those who attend me are aware of the reason of the rectification (correction of a civil status act made in accordance with the law, that nothing – even during the Kingdom of Italy – would have to do with the nobility) which was suggested by a great friend of our family, the lawyer professor Salvatore Guerrera Rocca, who was great-grandson by affinity of my great-grandfather’s sister, who asked my father and me why we, who were known to everyone as degli Uberti, continued to use the mutilated Latin surname Ubertis.
After several discussions on that and my interest, my Father finally convinced himself that we should have corrected the surname in the Italian language and in 1977 we turned to the Court of Casale Monferrato to correct the surname.
So, the assertion of my defamer that I changed the surname from “Ubertis” to “degli Uberti” is completely false, because it was not a change of surname, but – I repeat – a simple banal rectification (correction) of the same surname in accordance with the Royal Decree Law 9 July 1939, n. 1238 – Organization of the civil status. (Published in the S.o. with to the Official Gazette September 1, 1939, no. 204 and issued by virtue of the delegation conferred with the Law December 30, 1923, no. 2814 and with art. 3, Law December 24, 1925, no. 2260).
This has nothing to do with the nobility of the family, moreover in a country where nobility has no juridical relevance.
Without going very far, it is sufficient to look at one of the ancient genealogical trees of my Family. The following is from January 1, 1800, and the use of the surname in both Latin and Italian is reported by the drafter: in the first line at the top “Genealogical tree of the family of the Brothers Bernardino and Canon Francesco Antonio Ubertis (in Latin) of Frassineto del Pò” and below the progenitor indicated that is Vespasiano delli Uberti (in Italian).
The poem continues with: Per non darti gran pensieri/ gli ho pure disegnato/ una targa esplicativa/ della grande attività/ culturale e positiva/ che or tutta la città/ riconosce e gli apprezza./ Ei per questo è ben felice/ ed infatti con chiarezza/ il suo nome ben lo dice/ (pur se quello Delle Vigne/ getta un’ombra pur se insigne)./ Tutti i dati ti ho offerti ;/ tu puoi dire: è D… U…” (I tell you here: the person I drew appears related to the great Farinata, the Ghibelline put in exile, celebrated by Dante. To let you have less problems I drew also an explanatory plaque of the great cultural activity that the whole city recognizes and appreciates – K for Kiwanis Club and Accademia Studium – and for this he is very happy – felice – and clearly his name – Pier Felice – says this well, although the name Delle Vigne casts a shadow even if distinguished. I gave you all the data to understand, and you can say: he is D… U…, – that is degli Uberti-). The historic newspaper of my city, starting from the 1920s, has always published once a week a character in sight of the city with the aim of presenting its qualities to the citizens and at the same time with the intention that it would be recognized by the newspaper readers. As it happens in many provincial cities, being represented in the “Citizen Profiles” column has always been considered an important honor reserved for those who stand out in the various fields of their activities. It is also interesting that although the illustrators were three persons at that time, the author of my caricature was Idro Grignolio (1922-2011), who was a manager of the Municipality of Casale Monferrato, and is considered by all for his numerous Monferrato history publications (over 50) on the most various local historical topics, the well-deserving historian of the city. My caricature must serve to demonstrate the ignorance of my ANONYMOUS defamer who only for an unjustified derogatory purpose wrote of my family. I remember that someone should talk about a Family only after a study of the sources and I mean the books published over the centuries, but also after a check in the religious, civil and State Archives, without speculating just because a person could be unsympathetic or far from your way of thinking. That’s why I don’t think the only reason for such a blog is to leave a discussion forum, but there is more that the ANONYMOUS does not have the courage to tell… As you can see, time has been wasted in preparing a useless defamation that I am sure is not even believed by those who wrote it. I want to emphasize that not a day of my life goes by without my heartfelt thanks to the good Lord for giving me this family, my wife and a wonderful life that has allowed me to achieve all the goals that I have set. As already said, the content of the blog in question has highly defamatory purposes, and spreading in praise of my qualities as an expert (just to avoid a lawsuit), actually wants to undermine my image of seriousness enjoyed worldwide. Let’s summarize some ideas of the ANONYMOUS:
1) “Considered a national and international expert in areas such as nobiliary law, genealogy, heraldry, orders of chivalry, nobiliary titles … And he is. But the interest of the president degli Uberti in all these auxiliary sciences of history is due, as in almost all cases of experts in these fields, to a passionate desire to prove that he himself is noble”.
I don’t have to prove anything because historians have always written and said that I come from a noble family before I was born. As you can see, the ANONYMOUS on the contrary proves to be so old-fashioned with its pseudo-training, so much so that he still speaks of “auxiliary sciences” when he should know well that as Scholars, we define them “documentary sciences” to give a new scientific dignity to the subject, previously considered as subservient to history and not essential to its correct reconstruction.
2) “To the registration of the coat of arms by the heraldic authorities of Spain and South Africa, invoked by the president degli Uberti in support of his rights, all this proves absolutely nothing and a scholar so competent as he is, knows this very well”.
The scientific world has always known that for me only a State recognition has value, such as those I obtained in Spain and South Africa, which allowed me to have a state heraldic document both in a country linked to the history of Italy and in all the Commonwealth countries, where I have my interests. The certification allows the certified legal heraldic use of a coat of arms in the country where it was obtained, which today is a great thing! But I wonder why the ANONYMOUS fails to mention the concession I obtained in the Kingdom of Scotland. Is it an inadvertence or is it a deliberate fact?