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Once upon a time, when Portugal was one of the greatest empires on Earth, Dom Iago de Sampayo y Belmonte[15][1.2] was born, and being a descendant of Charlemagne[1.3], he was a member of the Portuguese high nobility. It was 1493 and his family, before his birth, had held several titles for centuries, but he also was made Senhor de Belmonte during the early years of the sixteenth century as a reward for some services to the crown.

"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being." - C.G. Jung

His father, Dom Lopo Vaz de Sampayo[10] was governor of India[2] (see Dom Lopo Vaz de Sampaio, Knight, Explorer, and Governor of India), as were several other members of the Sampayo family as well as the Mascarenhas family to which the Sampayos were connected by means of dynastic marriages: Dom Iago's wife was Maria Mascarenhas[1.1].

The Mascarenhas and Sampayos were relatives of Philippa Plantagenet of Lancaster[1], daughter of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and son of King Edward III of England.

Philippa married Joăo I, King of Portugal[1.4] and founder of the dynasty of Aviz (or Avis, in its modern spelling)[3] as part of an alliance between both nations[12][130.1](see Joăo I de Portugal).

Both the Mascarenhas and Sampayo families were Christian – Jewish, and royals. For centuries, both families were together - not always in the best of terms - in the business of exploration and spice commerce, carried from India to Europe. Several navigators and explorers were their relatives, including Henrique O Navegador[4][1.5] (see Henry the Navigator).

Dom Iago and Donha Maria had several sons and daughters, including one named Bartholomew, born around 1520, who was sent on a mission of political importance to Amsterdam shortly after marrying Ana de Lancastre[1.6], which is the Portuguese spelling variation of Lancaster.

Thus, Ana was a great granddaughter of King Joăo II[1.7] of Portugal. She was also a direct descendant of Edward III[1.8], William I of England and the House of Plantagenet. Bartholomew was a descendant of Afonso I, founder of the kingdom of Portugal, of Charlemagne, Hugh Capet[1.9], Fernando I de Castilla y Leon[1.10] and William the Conqueror. So they were really cousins and their marriage was just one in a long series of marital contracts between relatives that is one of the hallmarks of their family.

Bartholomew and Ana were also my 12th great grandparents.

They remained in the Netherlands for the rest of their lives acting as representatives of the Portuguese and Spanish kingdoms, changing the family name by "Germanizing" de Belmonte into van Schonenberg. Later, this name evolved into von Schoenberg and some other variations.

Since the family was Jewish – Christian, some of it members professed either faith; there were some Muslims as well: Magdalena de Granada, married to Luis de Lancastre, was the granddaughter of Abu l Hasan Ali, also known as Muley Hacén, who was one of the last Nasrid Sultans of Granada. At the time the children of Bartholomew grew up, some retained the name Schonenberg, which, as we said, evolved into Schoenberg, while other descendants adopted other family names such as Joseph, Emanuel and Raphael. In the following centuries, members of the Schoenberg family also used the name Belmonte or Belmont intermittently as equivalents for Schoenberg. Using different surnames as aliases has been and still is part of the live of this family: Anyone using the surname de Belmonte used Schoenberg as well, the Blat family was also known as Goedel, Skowronek as Effron and even today, sometimes I use Braun - my maternal surname - for the sake of simplicity, or Schoenberg, for the sake of complexity.

Among the Schoenbergs, one was made Marquis of Brabant by the King of Spain, while another held the title of Count and there were at least two Barons. Nevertheless, as historians pointed out, the Schoenberg family was always difficult to track for two reasons:

The Schoenbergs were traditionally ambassadors, special envoys and financiers of various European courts, and they carried their deals mostly in secrecy, so they had secret lives and they lived in secrecy. The also were always mindful of their attitude towards others and only interacted with people of their own stations; hence, little was said outside those circles[63.3][24.4].

A person doing that kind of job is often referred to as a "faktor", and thorough several centuries we, as a family, have been involved in this trade. Believe it or not, my ancestors put into the throne – and out - more than one of the monarchs that you can read about in history books. Alas, many were monarchs themselves, and this is just the Jewish - Christian branch.

Sometimes, a faktor could become even more powerful than a king, and sometimes paid dearly. Another of my ancestors, Rabbi Samson Wertheimer, was known by his contemporaries as the "Juden Kaiser". On the other hand, the uncle of my grandmother, Józef Skowronek, who was the CEO of one of the family banks in Warsaw, was killed by the NKVD as part of the Katyn – Lvov mass murders (see Józef Skowronek).

But there was another, powerful reason to do everything with as much discretion as possible since the Schoenbergs left Portugal: The Inquisition, which spared none from its blood-thirsty, twisted, intolerant and idiotic collective mind until its demise during the nineteenth century. The immensity of the stupidity of ideologies and fanaticism can only be understood when you know what they intend to destroy: The inquisitor's enthusiasm at persecuting relevant individuals, culture and knowledge – be it of Christian, Jewish or Muslim origin - meant that Spain and Portugal lost the train leading to the industrial revolution, and ultimately, their empires.

Indeed, at the time the Belmontes went to Amsterdam they were still in touch with relatives both in Portugal and Spain. Several of them were Jews or conversos, also known as "New Christians" or "Marranos". This people were often targeted by the inquisitors for two motives: They suspected that conversos (forcibly converted) were in fact still practising Jews in private – which was often true – and many "New Christians" were rich and the Church wanted their money.

In fact, every penny that belonged to people condemned by the Inquisition was seized by Rome and it was very easy to accuse anyone – even nobles and members of royalty – of heresy, witchcraft or whatever, burn them alive an seize their assets. So, the Schoenbergs and similar families took special care to erase their traces to keep their relatives and riches safe. Another case of this practice is that of the Fürst family, also of Portuguese origin; their genealogy, which has been studied independently and relates to the rabbinical Yahia (Jahia) family from Spain[1.265] confirms the origins of the Schoenbergs in the Avis dynasty(see Fürst) since there is a commonality of ancestors leading to the de Menezes family, related to Sampayo, Mascarenhas and Lancastre as well.

This turned into something of a customary trait further reinforced after countless troubles: Even my grandmother, when asked something like her birthday would say "Why would you want to know that?", but would also do things like suddenly start to lecture you on the Bofors cannons that her father used to get in Sweden.

By the way, there were relatives in Scandinavia too, for a long time. In fact, Duchess Gunnora Haralsdottir of Norway[1.44][30] is my 30th great grandmother, and probably King Bjorn III Eriksson of Sweden is my 33rd great grandfather (there are some doubts about Gunnora's parentage), but then there is Duc Rolf de Normandie[1.45], son of Rognvald I[1.42][29] and Raghnhild Hrolfsdatter[1.43], actually from Nord-Trondelag, in Norway, who computes as my 32nd great grandfather. I had a Norwegian girlfriend who had a Norwegian best friend studying law who absolutely hated me because she felt offended by my "aristocratic" demeanor, contrary to the Janteloven way of life... I just let it be; how could I possibly explain this stuff to her?

The name Schoenberg appears in other families which are not connected to the original Belmontes, meaning that there might be several Schoenberg families with no connection between them or not related to Dom Iago and Ana; family names were often adopted in relation to places, and there are several towns called Schoenberg in several countries, but the Schoenbergs we are now dealing with - "our" Schoenbergs - after prospering in Amsterdam, extended to Hamburg, and Alzey, in Germany, and then to Warsaw and Krakow, in Poland.

Schoenberg is a complicated name indeed, since our branch is also related, albeit indirectly, to the Christian German von Schoenberg and von Schoenburg families. They were also on the "faktor" trade but had a different origin. Nevertheless, the connection stands thorough the fact that we all descend from Charlemagne, plus, one of the von Schoenbergs who was working for the French monarchs went to lobby the election of Henry d'Anjou as king in Poland, and in the way, he secured a handsome credit for Poland with the Dutch, Danish and German bankers, who were mostly Jews. That happened at the end of the XVI century, just about the time when the de Belmonte family became van Schonenberg, at exactly the same place.

There are also the de Beaumonts of England to consider: They were also ancestors of the de Belmontes. There is no indication that the Portuguese name was inspired on the name of these ancestors, or that the king gave them the town of Belmonte – to Dom Iago, being in a position to give them any other – because of the similarity, but it is possible.

Both the Alzey and Warsaw Schoenbergs are related to several family names such as Oppenheim, Rothschild, and Wertheim, which belong to banking families, and other names such as Adler and Gans, which are, in turn, related to rabbinical dynasties.

For example, the wife of Rabbi Hermann Adler[1.11], living in London but who came from Alzey belonged to the Joseph family, her name was Rachel[1.12]; the Adlers were cousins of the Schoenbergs in Warsaw as well[1.140]. The names Joseph, Emanuel and Raphael are also related to Oppenheim and Wertheim. The Raphael family is related to Mocatta, Montefiore and Goldschmidt, families of bankers in England[1], and, in turn, these names are related to the Rothschild family[11].

Then, the Rothschilds married several times with other related families such as Hanau, Schnapper, Worms, and also directly with the Schoenbergs, who also married with other banking, royal, noble and rabbinical families. Ludwig Bamberger, the founder of the Deutsche Bank, was married to Elizabeth Belmont, a.k.a. Schoenberg; her cousin was Aaron Schoenberg, a..k.a. August Belmont[5], who, in turn, was the representative of the Rothschilds in the United States during most of the nineteenth century, and who married a daughter of Matthew Calbraith Perry. Then the Vanderbilts became family too (see Aaron Schoenberg).

In Warsaw, the Schoenberg family was one of priestly stock: Its first and most important members were Kohanim, as were at least some of those found in Hamburg and Amsterdam. Over a couple of centuries, the Warsaw and Krakow Schoenbergs married with several rabbinical, industrialist and banking families of Poland, including Rotenberg, Soloveitchik[14], Gans – Eger, Sherman, Eibeschutz, Halpern, Blat and Skowronek. Many Schoenbergs from Warsaw were direct descendants of Rabbi Akiva Eger[25][1.29] and hence, we are also related to the family of Daniel Itzig, the banker from Berlin; his granddaughter, Leah Salomon[1.71] was the mother of Felix J. Mendelssohn - Bartholdy[1.72] - my 5th cousin 5x removed. Daniel upon receiving the German citizenship in 1786 celebrated by buying an estate in a place called Schoenberg and having this commemorated in a special porcelain edition now in the Jewish History Museum in the German capital.

One of my great grandfathers was Hersz Josek Blat[1.13]; his wife was Hena Skowronek[1.14]. The Blats were arms traders, related to the Vilna Gaon, the Natanson bankers, the Auerbach, Rapaport and Katzenellenbogen families and the Hasidic dynasties of Alexander, Ger and Izhbitza - Radzin. The Skowroneks were also bankers, related to the Halpern, Katzenellenbogen, Sherman, Mendelssohn and Fuerst families, among others. All these families, as well as some others such as Cahen d'Anvers, Gomperz, Oulif, Weil, Ballin, Alter, Kaminer and others married between them over generations in different parts of Europe; fortunes were kept together with care. In the case of one castle, for example, it went thorough the hands of the Braun family, then Eskeles, von Schoenburg – Hartenstein[13], and finally Rothschild. All these names are related.

So, most families of bankers, industrial tycoons and Rabbis, and several families of the European high nobility and royalty are actually related as family and business partners. To some extent, this is known: The last Kaiser, the King of England and the last Czar were cousins, it is written in history books. The only thing that they didn't write often is that they also had Jewish and Muslim relatives – who often were richer than them.

Among such families, endogamy has always been common and it is one of the things that separates royalty from nobility, so after a few generations most members become cousins because while marriage between close relatives is forbidden, it is usual that second or third degree cousins marry one another. Marriages with people that are totally unrelated, even in the distant past, tend to be the exception rather than the norm; "outsiders" are in principle welcomed, provided that they supply something worthwhile. That, and marrying with those of your own stations has kept the family in existence for all this time.

In Dec 1915, Shlomo, the father of Hena Skowronek, was shot in the neck as a band of eight thieves entered his bank at 5 Elektoralna st. in Warsaw. Two of his sons, Abraham and Motyl started shooting back, the police came, and after a few moments, three robbers, a passing-by 14-year old girl and a policeman died. Shlomo Skowronek[1.15] died two days later; his wife was Dinah Estera Schoenberg[1.16]. Theirs had been only one in a series of dynastical marriages between the Skowronek bankers and the descendants of the family of Dom Iago de Sampayo y Belmonte.

The city stopped to a halt during the funerals a few days later; a bunch of drunks in a cart mocked the procession with anti – Semitic remarks. The police arrested them and it was found out that they were part of the gang that robbed the Skowronek bank. Since the city was under German occupation as part of WWI, they were judged under martial law and executed. All the money was recovered.

Those were hard times in Poland; Hena, my great grandmother, had to sell an ear ring and that kept the family fed until the end of the war, complete with servants and coach driver. They faced difficulties. Common people faced starvation.

Most businesses were controlled by the Russian authorities before the war, and trade was heavily oriented towards the Russian empire, so almost all of the economy went into a depression since the main contractor – the Russian state – retreated. The Schoenbergs, at the time, also fed the Russian army. They had to reinvent themselves.

The Germans could do little to alleviate the problems once they conquered Warsaw and they also did their share of plundering for their own purposes: The wiring of the city's tramway system was removed because copper was required by ammunition factories; other resources, such as food, went to feed the Reich too. The clock went backwards and only the financial system was kept working normally, and so the banking enterprises survived and thrived while the rest of the economy faded away.

Hersz Josek Blat was back in business in 1918, but the Skowronek sisters had troubles during the war and soon afterwards, a quarrel among the brothers concerning their predicament ensued. Józef remained in touch with them, the others were in a not so good relationship because – according to one of Józef's daughters – they wouldn't help their sisters.

So the brothers split apart their father's bank in two, and they started competing with one another. In Wierzbowa[6] and Bielanska streets, branches of the two Skowronek banks superimposed each other until both streets, at the hearth of the financial district, were virtually "seized" by the Skowronek family, at odds within itself.

Then Józef opened a new branch at S'wie;tokrzyska 25, perhaps to break the stalemate. Soon, his bank began growing abroad, especially with some serious investments in Belgium.

Each one of the banks had six telephone lines – quite uncommon in those days -, and one of those numbers, in each bank, was a customer service dedicated line. This assumed that their customers had phones as well, so it is a good indicator of the market segment that they targeted.

One newspaper article said that before 1939, the Skowronek enterprises, which included banks, factories, stocks, real-estate and forestal areas represented perhaps 6% of the financial system of the country. They also invested in the U.S.A., Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Scandinavia, Canada, the Middle East, Brazil and Argentina. This wasn't new, however: Schoenbergs were present in the Dutch and British colonies in the Caribbean and Guyana long before 1700, but eventually retreated back to Europe because of very high taxation.

In the early twenties, one of the Skowronek sisters had a girl named Danusia that at five years old became a concert piano player at the Warsaw Philharmonic. At eight, she died. Her mother then lost her mind and passed away a few years after in a clinic for mentally ill patients. Maria, my grandmother's surviving cousin and daughter of Józef Skowronek said that she visited her several times, but her aunt could only draw crude lines with a pencil on paper by then.

Around 1930, in the Guterman branch of the family (Izhbitza – Radzin) a huge rift developed because one of them became a "simple" artists instead of a Hassidim; a multimillion dollar lawsuit followed in Warsaw because a testament banned that individual on succession because of the mesalliance (ver Outcasting Those Unsuitably Married). WWII ended the problem and the Gutermans altogether.

At nearly the same time my grandmother married. She had been destined to be married to a Count – we believe that it was Count Potocki, because he had dealings with the Skowronek brothers, who were his neighbours, and even named one of his Arabic horses "Skowronek"[7] at that time – but instead chose to marry my grandfather, who was the love of her life since they started primary school.

He was "just an architect" and an artist. They had to move to Slonim, in eastern Poland, because the marriage was "unbecoming", although the fact that my grandfather was also an army reserve officer and had fought in the defence of Warsaw against the Soviets in 1920 sweetened the deal a little and they did not become complete outcasts. Nevertheless, for some members of the family the grudge went on, until WWII ended it, and them altogether as well.

Ironically, despite that he did not want to be a career soldier, my grandfather fought in 1939 against the Nazis as a lieutenant, evaded capture, tossed away his uniform – escaping thus, a meeting with fate in Katyn. After returning to Slonim, he was captured by the NKVD and sent to the Gulag accused of being a spy and an enemy of the people. He then escaped, crossed Asia joined the Anders army also as an officer, and fought all the way to Rome. After the war, while they were living in England, my grandmother became worried that he might be called once again into service and decided to move to Argentina.

The same goes on in the case of modern European royalty: Most members, in different countries, are actually related to one another, and only "suitable new blood" is accepted, be it good or bad: For the Jewish part of the family this seemed to work well, but not in the case, for example, of the von Habsburgs, who are related. This mechanism has been going on in our extended family for more time than the existence of many nations.

The mother of my great grandmother, Hena Skowronek, was Dinah Schoenberg, whose mother was, in turn Hena Rotenberg[1.17], descendant of Meir ben Barukh von Rothenburg[16][1.18], the Talmudist.

Most of the family members found in Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany were murdered during WWII. Only my grandmother, one of her brothers and a couple of cousins survived. About a hundred members of this big, extended family, alive in 1939 were murdered both by the Nazis and the Soviets. Being a cross between Jewish, Christian and Muslim priests, bankers and royals, and likely with ancestors going far back into the night of times, we say to ourselves that we are among the most-hated people in the world, but we will outlast anyone hating us.

The last thing my mother remembers from her grandmother Hena and her grandfather Josek is how they were trying to convince their daughter Dwojra – my grandmother, who, by the way, then changed her name to Danusia and the birth records of my mother without ever telling her the date of her real birthday – to take with her as much gold from some crystal jars as she wanted, at their home in 24 Chlodna street, in Warsaw, around February 1940. My uncle also remembers being at 24 Chlodna street, but doesn't want to remember anything else about that.

The connection to the Gaon of Vilna[17][1.19], as well as other direct ancestors like Rashi[8] thorough the Gans, Rotenberg and Oppenheim families, as well as to Charlemagne has been used traditionally to establish that the family belongs to the Davidic dynasty. Whether there is a real connection between some families existing today and King David of Israel is a matter of debate. However, it was taken seriously by the Rebbes and Rabbis of the family, and scrolls stating the fact did exist before WWII.

In purely historical terms, this has not been proved beyond doubt, but it is assumed as a fact by rabbinical tradition[18] among Jews and among Western royalty: Most monarchs of today are descendants of Charlemagne and claim to have Davidic blood thorough him; they always did this since in the Book of Psalms it is stated that God made a covenant with the people of Israel and choose David and his descendants as their rulers until the end of times. If "Dieu et mon droit", then you better have some contract to back that claim, and what better than God's word itself? But for that, you also need to relate to the original contractor.

For Shi'ite Muslims this is also a fact: After seizing control of the Persian empire, one descendant of prophet Muhammad was married to a Persian Sassanid princess named Shahrbanu, sister of Princess Dara[1.21], who was the second wife of Bustanai ben Haninai[1.20], who was a Jewish Exilarch and descendant of the Jewish Exilarchs, also considered to be of Davidic lineage. Exilarchs were treated with deep respect by most Sassanid Shahs and Abassid Caliphs. All Imams are considered to be descendants of Hussein Ibn Ali[1.23] and Shahrbanu[1.22]. If the existing information is assumed as enough and valid, Bustanai and Dara would be my 48th great grandparents.

Proving that the feuds between Christians, Jews and Muslims are rather artificial concoctions, remember that the one of the last Sultans of Granada had a granddaughter called Magdalena, born in 1510, who married Luis de Lancastre, the uncle of Ana de Lancastre, wife of Dom Iago de Sampayo y Belmonte. Facts such as this one have been understated thorough history in order to paint things black and white, promote nationalism and so, control people.

The whole story about regaining the peninsula for the Christian faith is really hype: The Kingdom of Granada was a vassal state of the Catholic monarchs of Castilla and Aragón at the end of the fifteenth century. The arrangement was very good for everyone since Granada was used as an intermediary for commerce between the infidels and the pagans.

But the Sultans had trouble paying taxes and so their Christian bosses went to collect the bill. Call it a hostile takeover spiced up with a little religious marketing for the sake of respectability. I can assure you that Crusades and Jihads alike share the same kind of motivations. Our nation is the world; we are but one people, and not what many leaders would like you to believe.

In Jewish tradition, the Davidic lineage[9] reaches our days thorough Sephardic as well as Ashkenazi families such as Kalonymus, Loeb and Abrabanel, the Vilna Gaon descendancy and the Dayan family of Aleppo. As far as proof is concerned, we are linked to all these family names, plus Charlemagne Martel - from whom Western royal tradition assumes a link to King David thorough some Roman nobles and the direct ancestors of Jesus - since the middle age, with the exception of the Dayan name.

However, one important thing to consider regarding ancestry is that the further you go back in time the more likely that facts become legendary matter, so, any sort of ancient ancestry should be taken with care. The most reasonable way to interpret the issue is to speak of possible or at best, probable ancestry, not with absolute certainty.

Having said this, it is important to consider that rabbinical tradition[19] is generally based not on myth but facts. It is also worth considering that in this particular matter – political power and succession of a royal lineage – lying, while not impossible, would be very difficult. At any rate, at any moment any pretender could challenge the titles claimed by other descendants considered so far as legitimate. This means that in order to keep succession orderly, even after the ancient Kingdom of Israel had been lost, priests and Rabbis would have had to keep the truth in its place.

This doesn't mean that Rabbis might not exaggerate or even lie, like any other human being, but since they had to keep the Jewish people together for millennia without a land or state of their own, they had to remain with their feet on the ground and deal with their issues realistically, including history, as best as they could. Considering that the Hebrew language was kept alive for millennia in this way mostly by Rabbis and learned individuals among Jews, the veracity of Davidic records becomes fairly credible, despite that they cannot be taken as conclusive proof, at least at this moment.

If Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions are to be considered believable to a reasonable extent, any analysis or comment on the history of the Davidic dynasty should include two more facts: Kohanim are considered to be descendants of Aaron[1.28], the brother of Moses[1.27], who was also one of the ancestors of King David[1.24] and was part of the Egyptian royal dynasty ruling at the time: Moses' father was and advisor to the Pharaoh, and at the very least, he was adopted into that family. Modern DNA analyses[21][22] suggest that most Kohanim have a common ancestor about 3.500 years ago, about the time when Moses should have lived. Many members of related families such as Schoenberg - Belmonte and Katzenellenbogen had HaCohen status[20]. Otherwise, most families married to Kohanim were Leviim[23]; the Skowroneks, married to both the Schoenberg and Katzenellenbogen families were, for example HaLevi.

The second fact to take into account is that the lineage from Moses to King David includes the marriage of Aram ben Hezron with Kiya Tasherit[1.25], an Egyptian Princess, daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten and his second wife Kiya Tadukhepa. Let's remember once again that these facts should only be considered probable at best because of the time that has elapsed and the lack of conclusive proof which might support what is written mostly in religious texts, not to mention that any Egyptologist would tell you that the names of Pharaohs and Queens often are messed-up, but this would turn Aram and Kiya into my 106th great grandparents.

When believers in conspiracy theories speak about the worldwide banking system, the connections of the Rothschilds and other Jewish bankers to the monarchies and governments around the world, the Illuminati since the time of the Pharaohs, and so on what they are doing is interpreting historical facts and traditions under the light of partial knowledge, or better said, ignorance used to pick up things discretionally in order to suitably twist them to justify their fears and prejudices.

They seem like hypothetical medieval men looking at an aeroplane and speaking of dragons and metal birds, so there is no conspiracy, no world dominance plans, no Zionist confabulations and no "Elders of Zion" lurking in the shadows, but there is some truth in the connections: Royal families, rabbinical dynasties and traditional banking names spanning the Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures survived and are connected to each other by tradition and actual marriages simply because people look to relate to similar people, and in the same way that a lawyer might marry a doctor, a Prince might marry the daughter of a banker or a Princess. Then, bear in mind that while nobody cares to remember the poor, a lot of records regarding the high classes always existed.

And since almost no one was left after the Holocaust, we are the virtual owners of this little part of history. Contrastable records of the family can prove links beyond reasonable doubt back approximately to the time of Charlemagne. But the assertions about the Davidic line, and the fact that scriptures say that Moses was adopted into the Pharaoh's family and Kiya Tasherit married Aram, who was one member of his family and became an ancestor to King David, the family could well extend back to Pharaoh Sekhemre Shedtawy Sobekemsaf I[1.26] and his wife, Queen Nubkhaas Es Hyksos, who lived about 3.600 years ago.

Anyway, we are still explorers, like our forefathers, but that Egyptian thing would be something, indeed. Kids don't understand why visitors come home under diplomatic veil from Israel to see their parents, why a Chef invites you to his kitchen after you asked for a plate of oysters, why your Godfather is from the family of a Prince who killed Rasputin, or why the Archbishop of Canterbury commends your English, but certainly they do know that not every kid at school could claim to have a Pharaoh in the family.


The house of Baron Belmonte in Amsterdam
The house of Baron Belmonte - Schoenberg, descendant of Dom Iago de Sampayo y Belmonte, in Amsterdam.

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