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DUQUE-DE-ALBA SWORD

I purchased this Toledo sword on eBay.  There are many nice (and new) reproductions of this sword for sale on the internet --- but I chose this one.  It has character and looks old.  After the purchase I decided to check out the history of the Duque De Alba family and the various members.  To my surprise,  not only was it a very interesting family --- I also found that  part of the family went back to King James and the House of Stuart.  Lord Byron's mother is a decendant of  King James of Scotland and the House of Stuart.
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Toledo sword
Duque De Alba Sword
 
 
 
 

Duke of Alba Castle
Founded 1430

Duke of Alba Castle
 
 
 

3rd Duke of Alba - The Iron Duke

3rd Duke of Alba - The Iron Duke

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Diego Colon
Son of Christopher Columbus
Married  3rd Duke's granddaughter

Diego Colon







                                            Leonor Álvarez de Toledo
                                                     Granddaughter                               Cosimo I de' Medici
                                                of 2nd Duke of Alba                            Leonor's husband

Leonor Álvarez de ToledoCosimo I de' Medici
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                                                                                                                        Son
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                                           Eleonora di Garzia di Toledo
                                              Great- Granddaughter                             Pietro De Medici
                                             of 2nd Duke of Alba                               Eleanora's husband
Eleonora di Garzia di ToledoPietro De Medici
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                                                                                                                        Sister
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                                               Paolo Giordano Orsini                           Isabella de' Medici
                                                Isabella's husband                               Leonor's Daughter

Paolo Giordano OrsiniIsabella de' Medici
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                                                                                                                         Sister
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                                                Alfonso II d'Este                               Lucrezia de' Medici
                                                   Duke of Ferrara                                Duchess of Ferrara
                                           Grandson of Lucrezia Borgia                    Leonor's Daughter

Alfonso II d'EsteLucrezia de' Medici
 

Letter to Alfonso d'Este on the murders of Isabella and Eleanora

Robert Browning's Poem - My Last Duchess  -  Ferrara
 

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Decendants of the House of Stuart
James Fitz-James Stuart, 3rd Duke of Berwick married Maria Teresa Alvarez de Toledo, 11th Duquesa de Alba de Tormes

Carlos Miguel Fitz-James Stuart was 14th Duke of Alba

Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 15th Duke of Alba

Carlos María Fitz-James Stuart, 16th Duke of Alba

Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó, 17th Duke of Alba

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The Fitz-James Stuarts are by King James II and his mistress Arabella Churchill, sister of the 1st Duke of Marlborough.

George Gordon was the maternal grandfather of poet, Lord George Gordon Byron.  He was a descendant of the House of Stuart by King James I of Scotland's daughter, Annabella, who married  George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly.

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                      Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart
                                    18th Duchess of Alba
                               ( Present duchess as of 2009 )
Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart
 

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