El patrimonio de los Borbones
With this book, the reader has in his/her hand a book of History full of surprising anecdotes. “Of all of Zavala’s books on the Spanish Royal Family this is, without any doubt, the most important”, declares Stanley G. Payne in the Preface.
The author offers us for the first time, the judicial record that involved King Alfonso XIII and prominent members of his entourage, as the Duke of Alba and the Marquis of Villabrágima, in crimes of fraud, falseness, conspiracy, and embezzlement.
Written as a novel but with the rigor of a treatise, Zavala invites the reader to take a long walk through the investments of Alfonso XIII in the film industry, revealing that the Count of Romanones used to bring to the King porno films hidden in a suitcase, produced at the Royal Films of Barcelona.
But not only the shameful vices of the monarch come to light in these pages; you can read also about the inheritance and the allocation book of King Alfonso XIII, never before published. With this data, Zavala ends the myth of the poor and exile “king”; as a matter of fact, the author demonstrates with documents that the monarch came to handle a family fortune of nearly 70 million pesetas of the time, equivalent today to more than 144 million euros.
We will discover also that Don Juan of Bourbon turned out to be the most benefited by the inheritance, whose real estate he sold when Franco died. And we will discover some unusual details of the three greatest passions of the Bourbon: hunting, cars, and yachts.