Public invitation to discussion and comments on the history of the degli Uberti

As mentioned, I invite the unknown author of the defamatory blog to a public online discussion (published in newspapers): 
“Pier Felice degli Uberti, the race for nobilty”
 If you are really interested in the truth, please let me know your availability and also, if you want, the name of a moderator (or if you prefer I can find one). But if you are just an incompetent driven by envy, ignorance or commercial interests in these studies, you will decline my invitation.
Unlike the mass of the defamed who do not respond to anonymous defamation, I see in every occasion a good opportunity to spread my thoughts. For cultural honesty I must first state that I am well aware that I am responding to an anonymous person, and that the information received on who he claims to be, namely Mr. Tudor Beldiman, born in Bucharest on 1 November 1979, living in Bucharest, reveal that I would be discussing with an amateur of the subjects he wants to deal with, that is one who has never been a member of any of the international organizations that can recognize him as a scholar in documentary sciences of history, such as AIG, AIH and ICOC, and even in his country, Romania, is a complete stranger for associations in these subjects, as well as one who has never published a line on the subjects he speaks of.
So tell me, who are you to feel entitled to support theses not supported by documents, based on a few words extrapolated and decontextualized even from a minimal parts of my writings? You don’t know that a scholar must document his claims based on multiple documents from State Archives and publications written by certified experts, and cannot tell pure lies, invented to support his theses? Genealogy today is no longer a superficial and approximate matter as you are proving to know. And then how can you afford to criticize the work of State Authorities such as the Heralds of State in your small position as an unknown private individual? Having said that, I answer well aware that you could instead be a person, perhaps Italian, i.e. one who has loved to persecute me for 2 decades for reasons of envy, ignorance or economic interests in these subjects (for me, instead, only an object of academic study). It seems appropriate to repeat the thought of prof. Umberto Eco, when in his lectio magistralis held on 10 June 2015 at the University of Turin, talked about internet social media, confessing, however, that I personally prefer to attend exclusive clubs and not bars …
Waiting for the outcome of my invitation to the anonymous, I’d like to clarify: on 10 April 2022 I received the blog entitled Pier Felice degli Uberti, the race for the nobility readable at:
For the terror of getting a lawsuit, in addition to the usual little heroic solution of hiding in anonymity, in an attempt to mitigate the heavy defamatory-slanderous content, the unknown author ties up the text of praises to my position as an “expert national and international in areas such as nobiliary law, genealogy, heraldry, orders of chivalry, nobiliary titles …” confirming: “And it is”. Then he declares that he does not accuse me of “imposture”, and that he does not want to make an “attack on my person”, and yet in the end he recognizes my skills as “indisputable”. But in fact, having published, in addition to “true and false nobility”, another article in his blog with the quote from Totò in the film “Being gentleman is acquired from birth”, his repeated praises sound rather like being placed under the banner of comedy, thus revealing the true purpose, which would be to try to undermine and discredit that position as a scholar which he also praised.
Let’s evaluate whom this defamation comes from to discredit me in front of people who do not know me writing: “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 is noble”.
The defamer is not even aware of whom are interested in these subjects today, and demonstrates an old background linked to stereotypes that no longer exist for decades, referring to that generation of people who were born under the Kingdom of Italy and lived their existence during the first decades of the Italian Republic. Instead, he should know that my generation is interested in true family history regardless of whom their ancestors were in society, and above all they should read my publications to realize that they are talking about me without knowing who I really am, offering to the public a totally distorted image of mine.
In general, the president degli Uberti is presented as “the noble Pier Felice degli Uberti, count of Cavaglià, 15th baron of Cartsburn (Scotland), feudal lord of Benham Valence (England)”. But is it really so?”
The ANONYMOUS should have specified what he meant by “In general”. I frequent heterogeneous environments and obviously the people who introduce me are free to do that in various ways. Certainly, with this superficial affirmation he really proves that he doesn’t hang out with me because everyone knows that personally I always present myself only with name and surname, to create the maximum possible confidence with everyone. It is also superficial in the history of the organizations that I preside, and I see that he does not really deepen the themes it speaks of: for example, he would know that I am the one who in the International Commission for Orders of Chivalry – ICOC has claimed to change the way of identifying Commissioners, that is indicating only name and surname; no nobiliary title because the state does not always recognize it and there must be no discrimination between Commissioners from different states; no academic degree because the universities in the world are not all at the same level. I apply the same criteria in the Italian associations that I preside over! The incorporeal inheritances of my family and those acquired by me are strictly limited to those organisms for the few that still today give value to these memories of the past: the exclusive clubs, the nobiliary corporations of nations where the nobility is still recognized and protected by the state, and the Orders of Chivalry, once considered ennobling.
THE ANONYMOUS continues: “In what follows, we will prove the opposite; because lovers of history, nobiliary law, heraldry, genealogy, orders of chivalry, nobiliary titles… – have the right to know. And our demonstration will be based, in large part, on the own words of the president degli Uberti himself.
Did he have a divine inspiration? Who gave him the mandate to pontificate? Where are his credentials to speak? Or are we still in front of the usual speech made at the bar, where nobody cares what he wanted to say? If not, he would speak with his certified face, showing courage and loyalty so that I cannot make the considerations I am making. If he had wanted to produce a true historical-scientific demonstration, you should have based it ONLY on documents, and if he wanted to prove the opposite of degli Uberti’s claims, he would have had to study historical and legal documents (which I indicate at the end of this blog), but perhaps he does not remember that: “verba volant, scripta manent”, and he prefers to use words in the wind without any real value.
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.
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.
Teresah (Teresa Corinna Ubertis Gray 1874-1964)
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.
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.
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).
I remember that the Ubertis (or rather the de Ubertis) of Casale Monferrato are the only branch that has kept the ancient surname of the Family in the cultured Latin language while alternating it – I repeat – over the centuries in the documents with the Italian diction of delli Uberti (the defamatory attempt reveals, if it is not made in total bad faith, the objective incompetence on the written use of surnames in past centuries, also due to ignorance of the Latin language). I do not see why speaking and writing in my contemporaneity in Italian, I should continue to use my surname in its Latin diction, after all, to give an example the great dynasties of the Habsburg-Lorraine and the Bourbons “in Spain they use de Habsburgo and de Borbon; in France de Habsburgo and de Bourbon, and if they were to use the Latin version they would be indicated as Habsburgum and Borbonius without any person of culture finding this use strange.
In Italy, those who know the history of surnames are well aware that they were generally written in Latin, and then translated into Italian in the 19th century, and the corrections of surnames were commonly made. After all, why did the Royal Decree no. 1238 issued on 9 July 1939, enter into force?
Obviously, precisely to correct surname errors, as happened with the important de Vargas Machuca family who used the surname in the form of de Vargas Macciucca (there are branches of the same that continue to use it); de Rubeis currently translated or better corrected in de ‘Rossi and again de Sanctis in dei Santi. If it were not in total bad faith, the ANONYMOUS defamer proves in any case that he did not understand what I clearly wrote in my complete Editorial “The Surname: differences between change, addition and rectification (a simple correction that does not change it)” appeared in the number 159 of the magazine Nobiltà on pages 559-566 of the November-December 2020 issue and visible at: confirming the total ignorance of the history of surnames in the Italian language and consequently of the Italian law when he comments: “Leaving aside the differences invented ad hoc by him – “change”, “addition”, “rectification”, because whoever deals with these matters is well aware that these terms correspond to actual juridical differences between the various cases, which have a different juridical weight. I take the liberty of publishing two more clear documents that demonstrate how in the same act the surname was published in the Latin form, both the complete (de Ubertis) and the mutilated (Ubertis). Just read:
V. De Conti, Historical News of the City of Casale and Monferrato, Vol. 3, Casale, 1839, detail from p. 276; where we read: “were senators Enrietto Della-Sala, Antonio Ubertis and Antonio Riccobono
original manuscript preserved in the Archivio de Conti, at the Giovanni Canna Civic Library of Casale Monferrato, used by Vincenzo de Conti, to write the aforementioned publication where on the contrary it is clearly written: “Coram nobilibus Henrieto de la Sala, Antonio de Ubertis, et Antonio de Riccobonus Senatoribus Testibus
As shown in the Latin manuscript the surname is always indicated in the form de Ubertis, while in the Italian book it is indicated as Ubertis omitting the de (although also in its source it appears as de Ubertis), precisely because de Conti knew it was the same family, well known to him and his relatives.
I only remember that Antonio de Ubertis was also admitted to the Noble Council of Casale Monferrato in 1484, a magistracy that was reached only by those who were able to prove 300 years of more nobilium with twenty recoverable for lack.
On the other hand, on the common ancestry with the degli Uberti family of Florence, it was not myself who looked for it, but I found it at home, because historians of the past talk on it! As a scientist who loves to revisit the certainties of past scholars in the light of new knowledge,
I have always limited myself to saying that it is an ancient family tradition, not giving weight to the many clues that in other times for scholars would have been considered a certain proof.
What I have always noticed is that in the collective imagination my degli Uberti surname is so beautiful, and linked to such an important story that it arouses the envy and jealousy of certain figures who do not like me to bear such a beautiful surname.
I remember, when I was a child, a controversy that arose about a prominent person who asked the President of the Republic to add “degli” to his surname Uberti, justifying it with the fact that all his famous relatives wore it.
This illustrious character found himself being attacked by national newspapers forced to publish the news one week, only to deny it the following week. I also remember that the tradition of the ancestry from the Florentine degli Uberti family for the branch of Casale Monferrato is remembered by Goffredo di Crollalanza, and it was a well-known fact in the province of residence of the Family, as can be read on the following page in Alexandria, the magazine of the province commemorating Luigi Ubertis in 1936.
Dominus Farinata de Ubertis Sue Patriae Liberator
G.A. Farinati degli Uberti, Ricerche Storico Genealogiche sulla Famiglia degli Uberti, p. 198
ALEXANDRIA. Monthly magazine of the province, year IV - n. August 8, 1936
While continuing as a contemporary scholar to consider that of my family as a historical tradition, it seems appropriate to report a demonstration of the common thought that the inhabitants of my city, Casale Monferrato, have always had towards the history of my family:
my caricature that appeared when I was only 25 years old, in the local newspaper Il Monferrato of 12 April 1980, where on page 2 in the illustrative poem of my person it is written “ A te dico qui in entrata:/ il signore ch’ho schizzato/ con quel grande Farinata/ ghibellino ed esiliato/ che cantò pur l’Alighieri/ pare certo imparentato/”.
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?
3) “In conclusion, Pier Felice degli Uberti has no real nobiliary title. Two of his titles – noble, count of Cavaglià – are assumed, the other two – feudal lord of «Valence, baron of Cartsburn – are bought. He is not noble at all, not even an untitled one. He is an artificial noble, fabriqué de toutes pièces, made of all the pieces, as the French say. On the other hand, this was obvious, because those who are truly noble do not need to make an effort to prove it; it is clear from the beginning and it is known, it is more or less of public and historical notoriety. But the president degli Uberti does not need neither nobiliary titles nor coats of arms, because his real titles and blazons are his indisputable skills in the fields he deals with. We always keep a sincere affection for his dear and distinguished person”.
I have always shown the greatest respect for the beautiful history of my family, and I wanted to deepen some heraldic-genealogical aspects in magazines of documentary sciences of history, always documenting my every assertions. But I have never written the history of the degli Uberti Family, because it was already written by others before I was born. I would like to remind you that my family is from Monferrato, and the major local historians (even if with a background of studies that are now obsolete for me) have dealt with the topic both in publications on the history of Monferrato, and in that of local countries, it is enough to go and read their texts and it is clear what they write, that is not different from what I wrote using those sources (to which I added the documents). I wondered where my slander lives because it would seem to come out of some appendix novels, given is way of writing that hasn’t existed for decades. I certainly live in the real world every day, in a reality in direct contact with the society in which I operate. And if we want to be more precise, in the reality of the Italian Republic where (I repeat) nobility does not exist today. ANONYMOUS would like to degrade me to the point of making me appear like a relic of the past that lives for a nobility that today has no legal relevance and therefore does not exist, or is still found in gossip magazines to make fun of it. I also see with satisfaction that the defamer does not attend me, because he would know that unlike many I do not have business cards with coats of arms, crowns and titles (even if in my case they would be of legally valid heraldic value), nor do I wear any of the family inherited chevaliers on my finger. I do not live in the dream, like him, given the tenor of his writing, because in ordinary and academic life I do not use what in the past were nobiliary titles, finding it naive.
I do not waste time reporting the part of the blog that tackles this topic in a naive way, because everyone knows that I never give scientific value to the Family traditions that remain so for me (obviously I apply the same concept for all Families and certainly not only for mine).
In 2021 I was invited by the city of Florence to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, and “to make ‘peace’ on behalf of degli Uberti with the city of Florence, joining the association DI PARTE GUELFA.
I am a serious person and I replied that my family has a tradition documented at least from the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th century, even if famous scholars of the past centuries have always considered it a branch of the Florentine family (the same Goffredo di Crollalanza spent two years of his life to correct the story of the degli Uberti, written by Giuseppe Farinati degli Uberti who won the prize of the Royal Italian Heraldic Academy in 1895).
DI PARTE GUELFA told me that being the most representative of the degli Uberti, it was just fine for them if I accepted, which I did and, in my speech, I recalled the Family tradition defining it just as tradition, and the importance of the grandmother’s family of my wife, the Fortini del Giglio. Then I wrote the article (with the title that re-proposes the words with which they welcomed me) “DI PARTE GUELFA EMBRACES THE DEGLI UBERTI FAMILY”, in Nobiltà, January-February 2022, n. 166, pp. 57-68. Now I see that human envy has not digested this beautiful opportunity to talk about peace in a world full of wars.
I recommend to the ANONYMOUS, if he is really interested in the history of my family, to deepen the theme of the coats of arms, where he also demonstrates an absolute darkness on heraldry and its traditions.
He wrote: “The similarities between the surnames “Ubertis” and “degli Uberti”, between the original coat of arms of the Ubertis family of Monferrato – gold and blue chequy – and that of the degli Uberti family of Florence – per pale: in 1st of gold, to the eagle of black, coming out of the pale; in the 2nd gold and blue chequy -, they prove absolutely nothing” …
I would like to know exactly where I would have written that the use of coats of arms would be proof of the common ancestry of the de Ubertis of Monferrato and the de Ubertis of Florence? It is another free affirmation.
But he adds: “Thus, on pages 397-398, the coats of arms to which the family would be entitled are described: the first – gold and blue chequy, the original coat of arms of the Ubertis family – is of assumption (self-conferred), possibly usurped; the coat of arms of the Counts of Cavaglià – gold, with three blue lilies, two and one, with a blue head and a passing golden horse, harnessed and saddled in red – is certainly usurped (we will prove it afterwards); as well as the coat of arms currently used by Pier Felice degli Uberti – per pale: in the 1st in gold, with the eagle in black, coming out of the pale; in the 2nd gold and blue chequy -, stolen, centuries ago (as, perhaps, the first), from the Ubertis family of Monferrato, to the degli Uberti family of Florence, on the basis of an supposed relationship with that, as the the author admits: “This coat of arms is similar to that used by the degli Uberti family of Florence and was used [by Ubertis of Monferrato] in the mythical belief that it was linked to that lineage”.
But how can the ANONYMOUS afford to indicate (he uses the words stolen, usurped, a very grave and defamatory affirmation) as robbers my Ancestors who for centuries have signed with their real name and surname (look at the signatures from the early 1500s on my article quoted by the ANONYMOUS) referring to one coat of arms (per pale) that my ancestors document to use in various acts as early as the 16th century, just one who, in order not to sign with his real name and surname, goes to use the identity of an unsuspecting covid dead? I add that my family has always used both the two 2 coats of arms for centuries, both the simple chequy and the per pale, maybe one branch used the chequy and another the per pale, but it is not so precisely established; then (as anyone who knows the subject well knows) there are often variations in colours, so much so that today I maintain that in heraldic descriptions, to be clear and certain of the colour, the number of the graphic pantone should be indicated in a note. Read what I wrote in: The tradition of Florentine origin in the Ubertis of Casale Monferrato, in Nobiltà, January-February 2001, n. 45, pp. 581-598; and particularly on p. 598. About the use, if I really did it (in everyday life I don’t use coats of arms) I would have the full right to do it, thanks to my heraldic certifications from State Heraldic Offices. The same goes for the Cavaglià coat of arms (Cicugnone branch) which was extinct in males in all the numerous lines in the 17th century.
“Thus, again in the article “Genealogical notes on degli Uberti family”, the author speaks of a bushy family, with five branches with as many surnames (including “Cicugnone”) and with many dozen members, and claims that “all the spouses enjoyed the title of Count of Cavaglià” and that the succession of the title “was allowed for the benefit of males, females and even their husbands”. In other words, a small feud – Cavaglià – was held not by a single man, but – collegially – by dozens and dozens of people, all bearing the title of Count of Cavaglià! At the height of the family branch, there were no less than 50 counts of Cavaglià (the president wrote in a topic on the forum “I nostri avi”, corresponding to the organizations he directs)!”
To support my statement referring to the high number of members of the Consortile dei Conti di Cavaglià I report what Stefano Guazzo, author of La Civil Conversazione, writes in his work: “The description made by the Casalese patrician Stefano Guazzo in his work Civil conversation (1574) of the Monferrato condominiums is famous:” So if you look around these hills, you see, without going further, some castels so copious of gentlemen all consorts in that lordship, who hardly touches a blackbird for each, and they come out through several doors so in rows that they look like rabbits, and having founded all their intention on that little bit of smoke, they leave themselves either rotting in idleness or led by necessity to do unworthy and shameful acts, for which it can be said that they lose the nobility by remaining in lordship, and well often they lose both together …”.
By practicing the Longobard Law (where all the descendants inherited by continuously dividing the patrimony), logic makes it clear that they lived a situation of poverty as nobles (even if they studied law at the University, carried out liberal professions, made the few remaining lands work), therefore in that situation, what was the use of requesting an investiture of a feudal title (direct from the Holy Roman Empire) if there was nothing left of that territory? The Cicugnone family lived in Frassineto (the river port of the capital of Monferrato), for example the Ruffinenghi lived in Valmacca, I say this because I read another nonsense in the blog that makes me smile: “Moreover, if anyone had, however, the right to ask for the investiture for the title of Count of Cavaglià, this would certainly have been the husband of the eldest daughter of the last count, who died in the 17th century, or his descendants for women, and certainly not the descendants of a Cicugnone married, around 1550, with an Ubertis. Or, if the last count of Cavaglià, who died in the seventeenth century, had no daughters, the descendants for women of a previous count, but after the marriage between Antonio Ubertis and Catalina Cicugnone”.
I repeat, if the ANONYMOUS knew the nobiliary law applied to feudal consortia in Piedmont, they would know that in the case of the Counts of Cavaglià (who did not practice the Salic law, but the Lombard one) there were always many and not just one. When the Ruffinenghi branch died out in Valmacca in the 17th century (or better on March 23, 1625), the ANONYMOUS should know that the heirs were 2 women who married 2 members of noble families of the high aristocracy of Monferrato, one of the two from Mantua, the branch he mentions. In the seventeenth century and before and after and in Italy until December 31, 1947, the nobility was a concrete reality linked to the economic aspect and not the romantic dream of our days.
Knowing the history of my family, and seeing that the Cicugnone are extinguished twice in it, I was the first to want to claim the full heraldic right symbolically but with legal value, obtaining it in the proper way, that is with a coat of arms certification, genealogy and nobility granted by the last Cronista de Armas of the Kingdom of Spain, as Monferrato was considered part of the Comunidad Hispanica for the sovereignty of Charles V from 1533 to 1536 and the continuous wars of the seventeenth century (the Spanish army was located on the lands of my family).
I think I behaved correctly, claiming only an undisputed historical heraldic right belonging to my family. Then for the friendship with S.A.I.R. the Archduke Otto of Habsburg, Head of the Imperial, Royal and Apostolic House of Austria-Hungary, was given to me by him his private recognition of the right to the title of Count of Cavaglià, based (as he was inexperienced in nobiliary law ) on the aforementioned Certification of Arms, Genealogy and Nobility issued by the last Chronicler of Arms of the Kingdom of Spain, which I had shown him at my home in Casale Monferrato, thus obtaining a nobility, even private, recognition. As mentioned, the nobility has always and only a public validity and the recognition must be issued by a Sovereign on the throne, but I believe that it cannot be considered a crime to accept a moral gift from a Friend who was the last Crown Prinz of the Austro-Hungaric Empire.
I now invite the ANONYMOUS to study more the subject of the nobiliary consortiums (consortili nobiliari) in Monferrato, so that he could really understand what they are and how the successions were regulated. I am certainly not the one who takes the liberty of making considerations on the subject, because it was clearly treated by other prestigious scholars many centuries ago and even a few decades before my birth; among the many I remember only these names: Ferdinando Gabotto (1866-1918), Francesco Guasco Gallarati di Bisio (1847-), and I cannot forget Benvenuto San Giorgio (1450-1527) and Galeotto del Carretto (1455-1530).
I only say that in 1390 Lorenzo Radicati di Cocconato asked for the investiture as Count of Cavaglià for the sole reason of having married a daughter of the Count of Cavaglià. If Radicati had this right, why shouldn’t the degli Uberti family have it? The Holy Roman Empire ended in 1806 and it is not possible to ask for an investiture, but the inheritances linked to incorporeal rights remain indefinitely. If you intend to go and see all the documentation relating to what I affirm, go to the Turin State Archives where they will give you the opportunity to check all my statements on the subject.
Finally, I say, dealing with the whole “Cavaglià” topic, that the ANONYMOUS should not allow himself to make considerations or express opinions without having studied (as demonstrated) my family and viewed the documents. I personally have lost years and I have not finishes yet! But I forget that he is not moved by the desire for historical knowledge, but it would seem only by the will to damage my image as a scholar.
The ANONYMOUS writes: “In the same note 34, other revealing clarifications are also made: it is very clearly stated that, “unlike the near duchy of Savoy, in Monferrato there were never deliveries of coats of arms and demonstrations of belonging to the nobiliary class”; that “the title of noble [throughout the article, the president seems to confuse the untitled nobility with the title of noble, but let’s not go into details], in this land, was attributed to some families not by sovereign concessions, but it slowly formed and consolidated as a general and lasting recognition of a particular standard of living and high public consideration “(zero crossed out)”.
The ANONYMOUS is right to assign a zero crossed out grade to what he himself wrote, but if I had to attribute it to him, precisely because I’m good, I could increase it to one! In his case it is really “childish” to talk about something that it is clear he does not know. Nobiliary law in Monferrato was not codified by law and to have a conception of what nobility was we must go and consult the major authors of published works, such as Stefano Guazzo’s Civil Conversation, where the nobility in Monferrato is concerned. Also of interest is the publication by Lorenzo Caratti di Valfrei on the subject, preserved in the State Archives of Alessandria. And then there are the various marquis and ducal grida, which explain some aspects of the nobility. Unfortunately, however, ANONYMOUS once again proves that it has not read any of the existing sources. True scholars know that the Principality of Piedmont had different laws from Monferrato, as they were different in the Marquisate of Saluzzo, and in the Republic of Asti. The untitled nobility in Monferrato is very similar to the hidalgos and infanzones in Spain. For example, the more nobilium was enough to be admitted to the Noble Council of Casale, but they had to have 300 years old (with only 20 remediable).
The defamer continues: «that “the maxim number 21, in nobiliary matters, contained in an opinion given to King Carlo Emanuele III of Savoy [Monferrato became part of the Savoy dominions in June 1708], in matters of nobiliary law, from a special consultative body, formed by the first presidents of the Senate of Piedmont, of the Chamber of Accounts and of the Advocate General of the Senate of Piedmont, on 20 July 1738, states: ‘The title of noble used in ancient acts by families, even for a long period of time, was never believed to attribute nobility, having been given, in the seventeenth century, to all those who lived as nobles and without personal subjection to a feudal lord’”; and Pier Felice degli Uberti himself concludes: “the attribution of the title of noble, rather than a real nobiliary title, legally recognized, more simply denoted the distinct civilization of the family to which this title was attributed”».
As all those who force the truth for their personal purposes, the ANONYMUS extrapolates a sentence to distort the meaning of the discussion. I personally quoted this opinion in the article published in Hidalguia demonstrating my honesty and seriousness of thought, I’m sorry to contradict the ANONYMOUS, but in Monferrato (until it was a Sovereign State) what he understands as Distinct Civilization (existing then in Italy during the Kingdom of Italy) did not exist, there were the nobles (divided into 3 classes) and the others, or non-nobles.
How can he believe that I can think of seeing a nobility in my Family based on only 3 marital status documents (I mean for each generation)? The nobility in Monferrato was the expression of many privileges such as admission to the Noble Council of Casale Monferrato, the establishment of Jus Patronati, life in suitable palaces, the possession of substantial lands, the admission to Noble University Colleges, the appointment as Ambassadors, being Officers in the army, also the imperial notariat (but linked to other privileges), the administration for generations of civil offices of countries free from feudal lords, in addition to the possession, if possible, of feudal jurisdictions. I hope now the ANONYMOUS can understand his errors and stops basing his insinuations only on my study of a few pages for a Spanish magazine, a publication wanted by a dear friend, Dr. Lorenzo Caratti di Valfrei, to support his ideas regarding the nobility of Monferrato, which I am happy to have done.
However, it should be noted that this opinion that I mentioned was obviously valid for Piedmont but not for Monferrato, which had different laws (one for all: there were no tax payments for nobiliary recognitions that were not made); besides this opinion is referred to the seventeenth century, when Monferrato was a sovereign state. So what? The opinion given to King Charles Emmanuel III of Savoy regarding maxim 21 was just (as it is written) an opinion, rejected for political reasons sometimes. I continue by saying that a true scientist of the matter should then go to see and study the various recognitions referring to Piedmontese families and check if the maxim was applied or not (note that – as it is written – it was an opinion and not a law). In any case, there are recognitions of families that took place during the Kingdom of Italy that have the only qualification of noble on the documents in the seventeenth century, but also present other manifestations of the nobility to the Royal Heraldic Council such as: ecclesiastical patronates, admissions to Noble Councils, military ranks etc. Unlike the slanderer, I am used to going to the depths of the subject, looking for documentary comparisons, and not, like him, climbing mirrors. If I do not like falsehoods and counterfeiters, my defamer loves to live in lies (starting with his real name) and therefore prefers to lie shamelessly, as when he wrote: «And – always in any case – it is absolutely certain that the Ubertis have never been formally, juridically recognized as belonging to the nobility of the Kingdom of Sardinia. They are not even listed in the “Golden Book of the Italian nobility”, which included families recognized as noble after the full unification of 1870, that is, belonging to the nobility of the Kingdom of Italy, despite an effort in the 1920s by the Ubertis, to be included in this prestigious list, an effort failed due to the inability to provide the necessary historical documentary evidence. As regards the belonging of the Ubertis family to the nobility of the marquisate, later duchy of Monferrato, prior to the kingdoms of Sardinia and Italy, Pier Felice degli Uberti writes, as we have shown above, that “the title of noble, in this land, was attributed to some families not by sovereign concessions, but slowly formed and consolidated as a general and lasting recognition of a particular standard of living and high public consideration” (so blah, blah, blah…); that “the title of noble was not a true nobiliary title, with specific legal recognition, but only a qualification relating to a family that lived its ancient and distinct civil life” (bla, bla, bla …); and always Pier Felice degli Uberti mentioned the opinion of 20 July 1738, according to which “The title of noble used in ancient acts by families, even for a long period of time, was never believed to attribute nobility, having been given, in the seventeenth century, to all those who lived nobly and without personal subjection to a feudal lord”».
THE ANONYMOUS, who would like us to believe that he consulted archival sources, write another huge lie for defamatory purposes only, a total invention that can be easily unmasked, which I transcribe here: “despite an effort in the 1920s, by of the Ubertis, to be included in this prestigious list, an effort that failed due to the inability to provide the necessary historical documentary evidence”.
Too bad for him that thanks to the work of Dr. Giovanna Arcangeli in 2012-2013 all the material referring to the families who asked for and obtained the recognition of the State of their nobility was registered, and those who did not obtain it are also included. Well, THERE ISN’T ANY REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION FROM THE UBERTIS FAMILY of Casale Monferrato! Just go to the Central State Archives to see who is telling the truth.
The Ubertis during the Kingdom of Italy were so certain and proud of their nobility that they did not feel they had to seek recognition for a simple title of noble, which would not change their life, contenting themselves with their undisputed centuries-old historicity, well known to all.
However, as a scholar of the subject, my attitude is quite different because, as I pay for the television subscription, if I had lived between 1869 and 1947 I think I would have also paid for nobiliary recognition, perhaps without using it in society, as I do today.




Lord of the Manor of Benham Valence and Baron of Cartsburn
1) I acquired the Lordship of Benham Valence because a late dear friend of mine Cecil Humphery Smith asked me for information on the ancient owners, the Castiglione, and having an ancestor de Ubertis married to one of them, I decided to become the owner.
2) the Barony of Cartsburn, which is a barony with modern concepts as I like them, was the port from where the Scots reached North America. I acquired it because I have a very specific project linked to the baronies of which I do not want to say anything at the moment, but as soon as it is implemented, I will reveal it.
I won’t go too far because in the UK these rights are protected by law. Even any amateur of Scottish Baronies knows well that they can be bought and sold at will, and the succession happens as the baron wants, even excluding the children; they allow the registration in Burke’s Peerage, a repertoire recognized by law: in fact, the State accepts what here is written in order to include it in documents and passports. In the United Kingdom everyone knows that the British nobles are only the Peers (what in Europe is the high nobility) and that they sit in Parliament, all the others (minor nobles in the European concept) belong to the Gentry, and all, even the non-experts, should know that the Gentry is comparable in Italy to the minor nobility (from Marquis to down). To deepen the argument, I recommend the excellent study on the subject: and the answer to the livid objections of someone who suffers from envy, given the superficial contrary statements: and again, if we want to be correct, you can read the current law in force on the matter: where the existence of feudal baronies appears. The ANONYMOUS writes: “As for the British titles of the president of the degli Uberti – feudal lord of Benham Valence (England) and baron of Cartsburn (Scotland) – just remember this: as he himself admits, these titles were bought, therefore, regardless of their legal validity, from the moral point of view they have no value”.
The clear demonstration that my ANONYMOUS defamer is certainly not an expert on the subject and lives nobility as something absolutely abstract that never existed in historical reality, can be found it in these 3 lines! Almost all feudal titles have always been bought and sold (since he loves Monferrato, he should know that the Gonzaga sold them to foreigners in Monferrato), and I add that in the Piedmont of the Kingdom of Sardinia there were sales of fiefdoms in the eighteenth century. After all, they have always been investments that allowed to enjoy some benefits or feudal rights, which led to the owner of the fiefdom an increase in his finances.
But not only that, the Pope often granted a nobiliary title to thank a benefactor (who built a church, for example). The last nobiliary title granted by the Pope is a baronial title granted by Paul VI to the donor of the furnishings of the Second Vatican Council. And there are other nations that have done the same.
Any person of common sense would have doubts about the reliability of the Moral lessons coming from an ANONYMOUS who even lies about himself, and does not mind to offend the deceased or using their identity.
“Furthermore, the way in which the president degli Uberti allows him to be presented, in various publications, as “the 15th Baron of Cartsburn”, deceives readers consciounsly, who, reading these words, understand, of course, that the title of Baron di Cartsburn has been in the degli Uberti family for 15 generations”.
Here is the proof, in an attempt to defame me, of another lack of knowledge of the ANOMYMOUS on British titles that still makes me smile: it would be enough to read the site where the 15 feudal barons of Cartsburn are listed, where it is clearly seen that they belong to various families also not related to each other by kinship; among other things, the thirteenth and fourteenth feudal barons who belong to different families are still alive.
The British feudal titles where possible are listed with the progressive number and this does not mean at all that they are of the same family, but that the numbers indicate the various owners of the feud over time, because – I repeat – the feudal titles are bought and sold like any property, whose seniority starts from the time of the sovereign concession.
I add that, for my usual correctness, even in Burke’s Peereage, unlike almost all foreigners, I do not insert nobiliary titles or orders of chivalry that are NOT recognized or recognizable by United Kingdom law, so you can only read what is legally permitted in the UK.
I close the comments on this sequence of false, inaccurate statements proving ignorance and bad faith by reporting again: “In conclusion, Pier Felice degli Uberti has no real nobiliary title. Two of his titles – noble, count of Cavaglià – are assumed, the other two – feudal lord of Benham Valence, baron of Cartsburn – are bought. He is not noble at all, not even an untitled one. He is an artificial noble, fabriqué de toutes pièces, made of all the pieces, as the French say. On the other hand, this was obvious, because those who are truly noble do not need to make an effort to prove it; it is clear from the beginning and it is known, it is more or less of public and historical notoriety .But the president degli Uberti does not need neither nobiliary titles nor coats of arms, because his real titles and coats of arms are his indisputable skills in the fields he deals with. We always keep a sincere affection for his dear and distinguished person”.
Ridiculous once again like the whole tenor of the anonymous writing, the attempt to produce praise to my person after such a protracted attempt to defame me, which shows only a certain fear of some legal consequence.
What a pity that the defamer is an ANONYMOUS who has reasons of hatred towards me who wants to keep secrets like his real name and surname and thinks of damaging me by staying in the darkness, because if he had signed his thought with his name and surname, if he was also a Scholar, he could have had a certain weight in the open, but so his words remain like jokes “in search of an author” that I put in good company with the other anonymous defamations received over time. Like those I am sure they will only bring me greater appreciation, esteem, consideration and respect among serious people for my loyalty, imperturbability and open-mindedness as a true scholar.
Moreover, if at this moment I have the presidency of two of the four most important world bodies that deal with heraldry, genealogy and orders of chivalry, enjoying the respect of the Scholars and amateurs of these subjects, there will certainly be a valid reason. Just to conclude, addressing once directly to this “no one knows who”: You do not believe that I have serious doubts about the real existence of the 4 interlocutors (at least for now four, namely Marcello, Giorgio, Riccardo and L. Papanti, but then you can expand the number as usual …) who post defamatory statements against me on your blog, after seeing that you love to speak through multiple identities? I note with pleasure that by loosening self-control, you now slip to reveal without a shadow of a doubt your defamatory intent towards me when in the blog created for me you also published a new article on a “Basilicò of Malta: impostor, adventurer, criminal, king”, or even when animating other “puppets” you gives voice to “8 responses to “Pier Felice degli Uberti, the race for the nobility” “outlining me as: “a vulgar impostor, like so many others”; adding: “Absolutely amazing! So president degli Uberti has been deceiving us all these years ?! Really shocking!”; and in an attempt to reduce the now clear defamation (being a deceiver) you still offend my Family and my skills as a world-renowned scholar by representing me as unable to discern the true from the false: “I would not say that he deceived us. He deceived himself, because he wanted to believe. Or, better yet, he was deceived by his family.”
Really heavy accusations for a scholar who has dedicated his life to fight document falsifications and restore the documentary disciplines of history to the dignity of true sciences.
I didn’t ask the websites where you posted your blog to remove it, to let all read my answer there.
But I have many commitments as you well know and I am not frantically obsessed with spending my little free time posting (as you do almost for an obsession) producing new episodes of your “novel” every moment on various sites. I have many more important things to do than to deal full-time with the chatter of an ANONYMOUS without scientific authority in the field of documentary sciences of history and, to satisfy you
 I would also add in nobiliary matter. Especially since I – unlike you – always sign with my beautiful name and surname the many works and publications I produce in this sector, where by those who have a real academic degree I am recognized as a true scholar. Now I have held out my hand to invite you to discuss this topic that seems to be close to your heart: prove that you are not that unpleasant person who throws the stone and hides his hand, but one who has the only interest in knowing the truth …
Surely, you too realize too that what a person who is “nobody” says in the Documentary Sciences of History and without even a scientific publication, does not find the approval of scholars and amateurs, and remains a useless voice in the desert. But you can certainly study and become an expert and then rely on your training to demonstrate how much wrong there is around, don’t you agree?
It may be that you, if infected with my loyalty and fairness, will decide to write one last episode, finally taking off those many masks you love to hide behind, to explain the real reasons that push you to such a persistent fight against me. Honestly, to let believe that being banned from a forum can justify a disproportionate reaction of this kind is an offense to the intelligence of the readers and mine.
Therefore, my dear, I tell you: “do not miss this opportunity”, it may be who knows that in the face of scientific honesty we can also become friends.
Some texts (I will not indicate many because they are more than sufficient) useful for developing a historical and social culture to be able to discuss peacefully on the subject to be treated:
AlexandriaRivista Mensile della Provincia, Figure che scompaiono Luigi Ubertis, anno 4, numero 8, agosto 1936
Eugenio Capra, Frassineto Po nella Storia, nell’Arte, nel Folklore, Tipografia Casalese f.lli Tarditi, Casale Monferrato, 1931.
Vincenzo de Conti, Notizie storiche della città di Casale nel Monferrato, Casale Monferrato, 1938, v. 3, pp. 376.
Giuseppe Amedeo Farinati degli Uberti, Ricerche Storico Genealogiche sulla Famiglia degli Uberti, Giornale Araldico-Genealogico-Diplomatico Italiano, R. Accademia Araldica Italiana, 1898.
Roberto Girino – Duilio Pozzi, Frassineto Po, dagli albori della civiltà umana alle soglie del duemila, Volume I, 1989.
Roberto Girino – Duilio Pozzi, Frassineto Po, dagli albori della civiltà umana alle soglie del duemila, Volume II, 1996.
Roberto Girino – Duilio Pozzi, Frassineto Po, dagli albori della civiltà umana alle soglie del duemila, Volume III, 2008.
Stefano Guazzo, La Civil Conversatione del Sig. Stefano Guazzo Gentil’huomo di Casale di Monferrato, divisa in quattro libri. Nel primo si tratta in generale de’ frutti, che si cavano dal conversare. Nel secondo si discorre primariamente delle maniere convenevoli a tutte le persone nel conversar fuori di casa. Nel terzo si dichiarano particolarmente i modi, che s’hanno a serbare nella domestica conversazione: cioè tra marito e moglie. tra padrone e servitore. Nel quarto si rappresenta la forma della Civil Conversatione. Nuovamente dall’istesso Auttore corretta, & di molte cose, non meno utili, che piacevoli ampliata, In Vinegia, Presso Altobello Salicato, 1590. Si This is a very important publication useful to know the nobility in Monferrato, with an excellent explanation of the various types made by the author.
Annunziata Loredana Marzi, I giuspatronati degli Uberti a Frassineto Po. Onorare la memoria degli avi e dare un lavoro ad un membro della famiglia, Tesi di Laurea, Università di Bologna, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Relatore, prof. Cesarina Casanova, anno accademico, 2008-2009.
Notizie della terra di Cutigliano e di altri antichi luoghi del Pistojese territorio – Date in luce in forma di dialogo da D. Atanasio Farinati-Uberti Governatore del Collegio Ricci di Pisa, Sebastiano Domenico Cappuri, Lucca, 1739.
Gian Luigi Rapetti Bovio della Torre, Diritto successorio in Monferrato, Vivant:
Rodolfo Renier, Liriche edite ed inedite di Fazio degli Uberti, testo critico preceduto da una introduzione sulla famiglia e sulla vita dell’autore, Firenze, 1883.
Giuseppe Aldo di Ricaldone, Monferrato tra Po e Tanaro, Gribaudo – Lorenzo Fornaca editore, Asti, 1999, v. I e II.
Ferdinando Rondolino, Cronistoria di Cavaglià e dei suoi antichi conti, Torino, 1882.
Giorgio Tibaldeschi, Un inquisitore in biblioteca: Cipriano Uberti e l’inchiesta libraria del 1599-1600 a Vercelli, Bollettino Storico Vercellese, anno 19, 1990.
Roberta Terzi, La narrativa di Teresah, Tesi di Laurea, Università degli studi del Piemonte Orientale, Amedeo Avogadro, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Relatore, prof. Giuseppe Zaccaria, anno accademico, 2003-2004. La Famiglia Ubertis a Frassineto Po, pp. 10-13.
Eugenio Ubertazzi, Frassineto Po nei tempi, La Cartostampa, Casale Monferrato, 1977.
Pier Felice degli Uberti, I Cavaglià nell’Ordine di Malta, in Nobiltà, n. 32, 1999, pp. 375-378.
Pier Felice degli Uberti, La tradizione dell’origine fiorentina negli Ubertis di Casale Monferrato, in Nobiltà, n. 40, 2001, pp. 581-598-
Pier Felice degli Uberti, La nobiltà e le sue leggi in Monferrato, in Hidalguia, n. 351, 2003, pp. 945-954.
Pier Felice degli Uberti, Appunti genealogici sulla Casata degli Uberti, in Hidalguia, nn. 196-197, 1986, pp. 389-412.