Almanac of Würzburg

L'Almanach de Wurtzbourg, édition 2014 et éditions ultérieures dans les Maisons Souveraines reflète la réalité de la Maison de Gevaudan

Directory of International Sovereign and Noble Houses: Various monarchies, sovereign houses, and states have long maintained records of members of royal and noble houses. The Almanach de Gotha served as a form of privately-published social register across national boundaries for European royalty and nobility from the late 18th century until its records were destroyed by the Soviets in 1944. Diligent researchers located medieval data at the Würzburg Archives in the Würzburger Residenz, Germany. Data found there helped form the basis of the reconstructed Almanac of Würzburg, making it a useful historical directory of ancient and modern royalty and nobility. The Almanac includes reigning and non-reigning sovereign houses, higher nobility, and nobles of many nations. While some revisionists of history purport today that original Almanacs, such as the Almanach de Gotha, were legal documents, they in fact were not. They were simply an early version of a "Who's Who" among royalty and nobility and served mainly as a social register. The fact that a name or title is not listed often speaks volumes about the petty nature of editors and backers of a private publication in a vain assumption that readers will find those whom are excluded as somehow less credible. It is a routine tactic that continues today on the internet, the current version of the Wild West. For more information, see


Almanac of Würzburg


Rubén Alberto de Gévaudan


Louis Alphonse de Bourbon


Jean Chistophe Napoelon Bonaparte


Jean de Orleans

Almanach de Gotha

The Almanach de Gotha was once a historic directory of European royalty and higher nobility. First published in 1763 by C.W. Ettinger in Gotha for the court of Frederick III, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg, the publication originated in the later years of the Holy Roman Empire. Although not a legal or official publication, the Almanach served as a social register among European monarchies and their courts, and was used for protocol purposes among reigning and non-reigning, princely and ducal families. Genealogical and biographical details of Europe's highest echelons of aristocracy were typically provided.

Justus Perthes Publishing House in Gotha began publishing the Almanach annually from 1785-1944 until the Soviets destroyed the Almanach de Gotha's archives in WWII during their occupation of Gotha. In 1998, a new publication using the name Almanach de Gotha began. A London-based private publisher is said to have acquired the rights for use of the original publication's name from Justus Perthes. The new publishers produced a number of editions. Critics lament that the new additions appear to have no formal or official connection to royal houses of Europe in the way that the original Gotha once did. Even Justus Perthes is said to consider them to to be "new works" rather an accurate continuation of the original Almanach de Gotha. Perthes states on a website: "After World War II, publishing of 'The Gotha' had to cease. The genuine 'Gotha' has not been re-published or re-issued since 1944."*


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