Friday 11 July 2014
CONTACT | RSS
ABOUT | CATEGORIES | PAGINATED INDEX
Based in London; Formerly of New York, Buenos Aires, Fife, and the Western Cape. Saoránach d'Éirinn.
About
A writer, blogger, and historian, born in New York, educated in Argentina, Scotland, and South Africa, now based in London. read more
Links
Blogs
Reviews & Periodicals
Church
Arts & Design
Scotland
Africa
Cape of Good Hope
France
Netherlands
Mitteleuropa
Scandinavia
Muscovy
India
Argentina
The Levant
Knickerbockers
Academica

The House of Moctezuma

Noble Descendants of the Aztec Emperor

The last Emperor of the Aztecs, Moctezuma II (usually anglicised as ‘Montezuma’) suffered an ignominious end: defeated by the Spanish, some accounts have him being stoned by his former subjects, while others claim he died of starvation, refusing to eat food not worthy of an emperor, still more claim Cortés had him killed. Many of his descendants embraced Christianity and found favour from Mexico’s new overlord, the King of Spain.

The fallen leader’s daughter, Doña Isabel Moctezuma Techichpotzin Ixcaxochitzin (Her two latter Nahuatl names meaning “Lord’s Daughter” and “cotton-flower”), was known for her excessive generosity to the Augustinian friars, to the extent that she was actually asked to stop donating.

Moctezuma II’s son, Don Pedro de Moctezuma Tlacahuepan Ihualicahuaca also embraced Christianity and his son (M2′s grandson) Don Diego Luis de Moctezuma Ihuitl Temoc moved to Spain. Don Diego Luis’s son Don Pedro Tesifón de Moctezuma y de la Cueva was created Count of Moctezuma by Philip IV of Spain in 1627. In 1766, the holder of this title was named a Grandee of Spain.

In 1865 this line of descent was further honoured by being elevated to Duke of Moctezuma by Isabella II of Spain. The current head of this branch of the House of Moctezuma is Juan José Marcilla de Teruel-Moctezuma y Jiménez, 5th Duke of Moctezuma de Tultengo, 15th Marquis of Tenebrón and Viscount of Ilucán.

Another daughter of Moctezuma II, Princess Xipaguacin Moctezuma, married Juan de Grau, Baron of Toleriu and died in Toleriu in 1537. Her descendants compose the noble house of Grau-Moctezuma de Toleriu which continues today.

Among the other Spanish nobles who count the blood of Moctezuma II in their veins are the Dukes of Ahumada, the Dukes of Abrantes, the Counts de la Enjarada, and the Counts of Miravalle. The last family were granted life pensions by the Kingdom of Spain in 1550, which continued to be paid by the government of Mexico until 1934 when the administration under President Abelardo L. Rodríguez suspended the payments.

This post was published on Sunday, October 24th, 2010 10:00 pm. It has been categorised under Heraldry Mexico Monarchy Nobility Spain and been tagged under , , , , , .
Comments
  1. Juan Lopes de Haro
    25 October 2010
    4:41 am

    I like that “suspended”! And did not even Franco “un-suspend” them?

  2. Andrew Cusack
    25 October 2010
    8:46 am

    From the Mexican Revolution (1910–1929) until the 1990s, Mexico was basically a one-party state with a revolutionary inspiration, and as such it refused to recognise the Spanish government for the whole of the Franco era.

    So, alas, the Spanish descendants had no recourse to challenge the suspension when it was enacted in 1934, and unfortunately were not wise enough to take up the case when diplomatic relations were restored in the 1970s.

    From 2003 onwards, however, the Acosta (in Mexico) and Miravalle (in Spain) families have been engaged in legal appeals to get the Mexican government to restore payment of the pensions.

  3. Juan Lopes de Haro
    25 October 2010
    9:12 am

    Good for them. I hope they will have the same success in seeing their just claims recognised as have so many Bohemian noble families in recent years.
    By the way, that would be a good subject for a future series of postings. You might begin with Karel Schwarzenberg and go on to the Lobkowitz and Colloredo Mansfeld princes (the latter have had some 80,000 acres of forest returned to their stewardship, as well as a palace over forty bays long.

  4. K. Dontoh
    28 October 2010
    4:14 pm

    Well I’m sure that was the least of their problems, considering Mexico had a murderous athestic regime from 1924 to 1935.

    And restoring property is lovely, but when shall we see these houses restored to their thrones?

  5. Michael D. Castro
    7 November 2010
    12:49 am

    The Spaniards crushed the Aztec empire, dethroned Moctezuma, and took Mexican gold and silver to Spain (which was mined with the forced labor of the indigenous peoples, I might add)… The Moctezumas married only Spanish spouses (at least the lines with pensions being “owed” to them) and many live in Spain. Why should Mexico have to pay anything to them? How about the government in Madrid? The King of Spain is who owes the family, not Mexico… I find that ridiculous.

  6. Baron v Hetterscheidt
    8 November 2010
    12:42 pm

    “The Spaniards crushed the Aztec empire.” So they did, and God undoubtedly both inspired them to do so, and blessed them for their success. No more satanic empire has ever existed under the sun.
    Our Lady of Guadalupe’s appearance to Juan Diego sealed the new covenant between a people liberated from false gods and the true God the Spanish literally brought to them in the true and efficacious Sacrifice of the Mass.

  7. Michael D. Castro
    22 November 2010
    2:40 am

    To Baron v Hetterscheidt:

    While there is no doubt I share your view that God had a plan to further his Kingdom, your comments hardly address the issues at hand. A second reading of my comments may be of help to you.

    No “more satanic empire”…? You must know something about Germany, no? And if it is the True God you seek, no need for Our Lady, look to the Son.

Leave a comment

Name (required)

Email (required)

Website

Comment

Home | About | Contact | Categories | Paginated Index | Twitter | Facebook | RSS/Atom Feed
andrewcusack.com | © Andrew Cusack 2004-present (Unless otherwise stated)