H.E. D. Vicente de Cadenas, Cronista Rey ...

H.E. D. Vicente de Cadenas, Cronista Rey de Armas of the Kingdom of Spain      
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December 21, 2005. H.E. D. Vicente de Cadenas y Vicent, Cronista Rey de Armas of the Kingdom of Spain has passed away at the age of ninety years of age, on 21 December 2005. He was a Bailiff Grand Cross of the Constantinian Order decorated with the collar, a knight of Saint Januarius and was decorated with several high Spanish and foreign Orders. He was for many years a member of the Deputation of the Constantinian Order, of which he was Secretary and which he joined in 1960 upon the succession of the Infante D. Alfonso as Grand Master.

Perhaps his most important achievement was the foundation of the Asociación de Hidalgos a Fuero de España, created in 1954 to obtain the recognition of the untitled nobility (nobleza llana). In 1953 he founded the review Hidalguía (with the particular aim of challenging false genealogies, fake titles and pseudo orders of chivalry) and the Instituto Internacional de Genealogía y Heráldica. The following year he founded the Instituto Salazar y Castro and in the following years the Colegio Mayor Marqués de la Ensenada, the Casasolar Santo Duque de Gandia, and the Casa Quinta Vita Natural Durante, each of which were dependent on the Association of Hidalgos.

He also organized two International Congresses of Genealogy and Heraldry in Madrid (1955 and 1982) and at the former founded the International Commission for Orders of Chivalry http://www.icocregister.org, becoming a fellow of this body in 2003. He published an enormous number of books and articles particularly on historical themes, but also on Heraldry, Genealogy, Chivalric Orders and Documentary Sciences. In 1959 He founded the first School of Genealogy in the world. His multi-volume study of the life and achievements of the Emperor Charles V, King Charles I of Spain, will remain an important monument to his scholarship and determination. In 1993 he assisted in the foundation of the Istituto Araldico Genealogico Italiano (see www.iagi.info), persuading the surviving members of the Istituto Italiano di Genealogia ed Araldica to enter the new body and become founding members of the new institution.

He was a passionate Italophile, where he lived in exile for seven years, marrying as his first wife Donna Liliana Guastini (1915-1980). On the occasion of his 75th birthday he authorized the foundation of the Association of Owners of Certifications of Genealogy, Nobility and Coat of Arms issued by the Corps of the Cronistas King of Arms of Spain (of which he was President) to protect the lawful owners of these historical heraldic documents.

Originally a Carlist, he was named Cronista Re des Armas by the Carlist Pretender Archduke Carlos (VIII) and as such was recognized as Cronista de Armas by the Spanish government in 1952, joining the three other surviving Cronistas of whom he is the last.

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HRH the Duke of Calabria and H.E. D. Vicente de Cadenas y Vicent.

Attop: Coat of arms of H.E. D.

 

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