New DNA tests prove that the descendants of Naundorff are Bourbons!

NaundorrfKarl Wilhelm Naundorff who the Dutch government recognized as King Louis XVII
Karl Wilhelm Naundorff died in 1845 in Delft (the Netherlands), where he was buried under the name of Louis Charles, Duc de Normandie, Louis XVII on his tomb one can read: « Ici repose Louis XVII, Roi de France et de Navarre, né à Versailles le 27 mars 1785, décédé le 10 août 1845,»
Louis XVII was the name of Louis Charles (1785-?), the second son of the French
King Louis XVI (1754 -1793) and Marie- Antoinette (1755- 1793).
According to the official records, Louis Charles died of tuberculosis in the
Temple (in Paris) on 8 June 1795. At the beginning of the 19th Century, about several ten of individuals claimed to be the son of Louis
XVII.  The most famous of them is Naundorff, who came in Paris on
May 1833. He could apparently provide sufficient circumstantial evidence to
convince ex members of the court of Versailles (and specially Mme de Rambaud, maid of the Dauphin) of his descent.
Naundorff was deported to England by the French authorities, after twenty-six
days of prison, on july 1836.
About fifteen years ago, Professor Cassiman excluded Naundorff as the son of Marie Antoinette on the basis of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences of his
remains compared with the sequences obtained from the hairs of two sisters of Marie Antoinette, Marie Antoinette herself, and with the sequences obtained
from DNA samples of two living maternal relatives.
Very recently the same Laboratory produced the Y – chromosome STR profiles of three different members of the House of Bourbon. The goal of the present
article presented by The International Journal of Science is to compare these profiles to that of Hughes de Bourbon, a direct French Naundorff’s descendant,
in order to elucidate patrilinear relationships between him and these members of the Bourbon’s family.
Henri IVComparison photos of King Henri III of Navarre and IV of France and Prince Hughes father, Charles Edmond de Bourbon, Count of Poitiers.
Hughes de Bourbon (born in 1974) is the 4th generation living descendant of Karl Naundorff. The Naundorff’s legacy bears today legally (confirmatory judgement of the Tribunal de la Seine , 26 November 1913) in France the «de Bourbon» name ; initially, the judgments of Bois-le-Duc (12 march 1888) and of Maëstricht (20 may 1891) Tribunals accorded the use of the «de Bourbon» name to the Naundorff’s family members.
Prince Hughes de Bourbon is the only son of Charles- Louis Edmond de Bourbon (Charles XII de jure) the last dynast of the elder branch ; so Hughes
could be the present King de jure, since 2008.
The Conclusions could not be more surprising:

Results reported in the present study concerning comparisons of genetic markers of theY- chromosome between Hughes de Bourbon and three living males of the House of Bourbon recently published (Larmuseau et al 2) establish that:

1/ Hughes de Bourbon belongs to the same terminal sub-clade of  SNP patriline age of current differenciation (cladeR1b1a2a1a1, SNPsub-terminalmarkerS21) than the other Bourbons studied (these Bourbons were not tested for S21 but, being Z381+,areobligatoryS21+).

2/ The high-resolution profile (in our own 27–STRs system of comparison) of  Hughes de Bourbon is greatly similar to those of the other Bourbons, differing from them by six  .

3/ On the basis of this criterium of six mutations of difference Hughes de Bourbon can be considered as being a member of the de Bourbon family, according to the established rules of genealogical relationships in recent families with identical surnames.

It must be noted that this six mutations threshold of differences concerns families of relatively recent origins 19. So, because the Bourbon family is a very ancient one (that can be traced back at least since Henri IV, for the royal french dynasties), such a six mutations criterium of differences corresponds to a minimal value.

hugueStriking resemblance between King Louis XVI and Prince Hughes of Bourbon


The Kingdom of Morocco, leader in promoting true Islam: the Islam of Moderation

imagesHis Majesty King Mohammed VI

I came across a very interesting article I have found in The Times of India which I have decided to publish part of the article. I agree completely in what the article says and I am sure most of you will too:

In order to tackle the problem of the terror of Jihadism, one needs to understand the nature of this jihadi virus. By its very character it is able to quickly latch on to grievances through the narrative of injustice. While Islam indeed extols believers to fight against oppression and discrimination, it also abjures the use of violence for achieving one’s goals. But the proponents of jihadi extremism cleverly elide over the latter while emphasising the former.

Since all Islamist terrorist groups derive inspiration from distorted theology, the antidote lies in propagating true Islam. Extremist ideology needs to be countered with moderate ideology. In this regard, the North African constitutional monarchy of Morocco is pioneering the fight against the jihadi virus through the battle of ideas. The country’s Muhammadan League of Scholars is doing exemplary work in strengthening a brand of Islam that is rooted in the Quran but also the product of reason and contextual interpretation. Such moderate Islam has no conflict with modern life despite its grounding in theological teachings. Indeed, it is adherence to this interpretation of Islam that has largely staved off the jihadi virus from infecting Morocco.

Add to this Morocco’s King Mohammed VI’s farsighted foreign policy vision that has guided Rabat to facilitate training of imams from neighbouring African nations in its own moderate Maliki Islam. Such an initiative is bound to have a ripple effect throughout the African continent and counter jihadi Islamist tendencies. And given that almost all jihadi groups are networked and rely on each other for material and ideological support, Morocco’s push for moderate Islam strikes at the very root of the problem.

The international community must support Morocco’s efforts as Rabat, in its own unique way, tries to turn the tide of extremism that is threatening Middle East and North Africa. The challenge is humongous and the solution requires years of patience. But Morocco’s pioneering work could eventually shift the balance of power in the battle of ideas between extremist Islam and moderate Islam. Success on this front will automatically deny oxygen to jihadi terror groups wherever they are, making it easier for security forces to demolish their networks. This in turn should facilitate inclusive economic development to pull the rug from under groups such as Boko Haram.

Finally, India, which is deeply concerned about the spectre of jihadi terror looming over its neighbourhood and has significant stakes in Africa, should take cognisance of Morocco’s efforts. Both countries should enhance bilateral cooperation to strengthen the international security framework against global Islamist terrorism.

The Times of India

Gestapo Lodge




I remember it was during the Christmas holidays of 1992 that I was alone with my father in Costa Rica and he revealed to me after a series of circumstances that I now know was causality or synchronicity, that he had been a member of the British Intelligence MI6. Since those days and until his death in 2001, I urged him to write his memoirs that seemed fascinating to me.  After his death and while I was going through his papers, I found a manuscript full of notes in which he had also ventured to write passages of his early memories. It was the skeleton of what would have been his autobiography, had he lived a bit longer. So I was compelled as a tribute to his life to take over and finsih what he had started.

Borrowing from his notes, writings and tales and the recollections of his first wife, Phryne Alabaster, I was able to picture a time past and construct the backbone of the story, but the material had too many gaps to be a biography; so instead, I decided to write a novel. This would allow me the freedom to change the names of certain characters in order to protect the identity of their descendants, to fictionalize some of the different incidents and to fill the gaps to the narrative’s convenience.

IMG_1504My father in 1936 at the Royal Navy Academy in Dartmouth before the accident that would change the course of his life.

As Gestapo Lodge is a work of fiction based on my father’s exciting life, I have made the creative choice of writing it as if the narrator was my father’s consciousness remebering his life.

Amazon says about the book:

“The real-life world of espionage can, it appears, be every bit as glamorous, perilous, duplicitous and erotically charged as the most sensational fiction. Elaborating his father’s unfinished memoirs, Carlos Mundy had crafted an unforgettable account of a career in MI6 during the most dangerous period of recent European history: the years of the Second World War and its aftermath.

After escaping from a Gestapo internment camp in France and illegally entering Spain, Rodney Mundy found himself imprisoned again. But the British Embassy secured his release and recruited him as a spy for MI6. Entering high society Madrid, Mundy soon met prominent Fascists, Nazis, agents and double agents, film stars and exotic dancers as well as the nobility and royal families of much of Europe. What followed was a series of thrilling adventures that took him to Cairo and Jerusalem, eventually leading to a violent showdown in Costa Rica.

IMG_1505Rodney Mundy during the Second World War in Madrid. He had been recruited by British intelligence.

With his good looks making him irresistible to all, Mundy seems to have had more dangerous liaisons than even James Bond. To protect the innocent and bridge the gaps in his father’s writings, Carlos Mundy has blurred the line between fact and fiction, presenting the story as a novel. But in a world where deception is the name of the deadly game, nothing could be stranger than the truth.”

The experience of writing this novel has been one of the most exciting experiences of my life. To place myself in my father’s shoes and try to live his life to be able to narrate it has been exhilirating.

The result I think has been very satisfactory and I have recieved very good critics which is always something that is appreciated after over four years of very hard work. I hope that my father wherever he is does not feel dissapointed. I do feel that he can be proud.

I trust you will all enjoy reading the novel as much as I did writing it.

IMG_1506Rodney Mundy in the mid nineties.

The Twilight of the Fourth World Facebook page


My sister Charis and I have started a Facebook page for the novel

The intention of the page is to create a THINK TANK for our readers to contribute with ideas on how we can all help to make this world a better place for all of us to live in. A world that we will feel happy  that future generations live in.

The Twilight of the Fourth World is inspired by the teachings of His Holiness The Dalai Lama who is an enlightened being that preaches a message of peace and harmony for all. IT is also inspired by the prophecies of the Indian Hopis. When we started writing we were oblivious to the connection between Tibet and the Hopis. In fact the character that is inspired on His Holiness, the Rainbow Warrior  is closely connected to the Hopi traditions and that is real synchronicity.


The truth is that many of the things that we have narrated in our novel are happening as the Hopis predicted. It is not a coincidence that our democracies and personal freedoms at risk as we have found out thanks to Wikileaks. Wikileaks has released 17 different documents relating to the so-called ‘secret’ negotiations for a massive global trade deal known as the Trade in Services Agreement, a lesser known cousin of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that US President Barack Obama has been campaigning heavily for in Washington. The leak has been timed to coincide with a meeting of leaders for the Trade in Services Agreement in Paris. TiSA is one of three trade treaties that global political leaders have been trying to agree on, alongside TTP and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

Negotiations for the deals have been conducted in private. While this is standard procedure, it has raised suspicions about the content of the talks. One UK MEP wrote an op-ed on the fact that she’d seen the ‘undemocratic’ TTIP deal, but wasn’t at liberty to reveal any of its contents. Another study said even EU representatives in Brussels thought their European Commission colleagues were making deals behind closed doors.

Supporter of Wikileaks said the negotiating texts were ‘the largest leak of secret trade negotiations in history’. “The secrecy charade has collapsed,” said Deborah James of the Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) network, a group of activists committed to fighting against corporate globalisation.  Wikileaks published a draft financial services annex of the TISA negotiations a year ago, containing plans to deregulate the financial sector. It said the new document confirms these plans, while also revealing new information about air traffic, maritime, professional services, e-commerce and domestic regulation.

This is one of the many topics the novel narrates and thus we invite all our readers to become proactive by clicking LIKE on the Facebook page and entering into any discussion of their choice related to topics that we bring up in the novel.

We look forward to your participation. Thanks!

King TibetHis Majesty King Lhagyari Trichen Wangchuk on the day of his coronation with His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Both are important characters in The Twilight of the Fourth World.

The Lost Romanov Icon & The Enigma of Anastasia

iconCover of the novel. Though historical fiction the main story is based on historical facts.

The Lost Romanov Icon and the Enigma of Anastasia is a historical novel whose characters  are entangled in an amazing series of events brilliantly tied together to unveil  facts and documents never before revealed about the true fate of Anastasia and her family in 1918.
The plot brings to the attention two mysteries together: The real fate of the youngest daughter of the last Russian Czar, still considered  one of the most talked about mysteries of all times, (despite of the identification by the Russian government of  some bones unburied in Ekaterinburg  1991, and the still “unbelievable” results of DNA tests performed in England in 1994), as well as  the whereabouts of an invaluable holy icon that belonged to the Romanov family, since the times of Catherine the Great, and was given to Anna Anderson/Anastasia Manahan in 1946, as a lifetime loan, when she became the godmother of the only male heir  of  the  Duke and Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, two prominent and respected members of a German ducal  family.
Both I and Marie Stravlo, have been fascinated since a young age by the fate of the Russian Imperial Family and I can now say that we have a deep knowledge of the Anastasia saga, and we hope that in this book we present a fluid narrative that captures the attention of readers  by taking them to several countries (Spain, England, Morocco, Costa Rica, The Vatican, Russia, Italy, Germany and Poland) where hidden information and documents related to the fate of the last Russian Imperial Family have been kept during more than sixty years, 
Rodney Mundy, the main character, not only was my father, but also an MI6 agent in his real life.  According to the plot, after being retired in Spain for several years, and  due to strange circumstances  occurring around  him,  Rodney chooses to investigate the story of Anna Anderson/Anastasia Manahan, the woman  that surfaced in Berlin  in 1920, claiming to be the youngest daughter of  the Tsar that had  survived  the massacre of  her family in July 1918. He discovers that an orthodox icon, apparently containing a hidden document with explosive information about the fate of the Romanovs, disappeared in 1984 from the Manahan’s home in Charlottesville, Virginia, by the time of the death of Anastasia.
34Grand Duchess Elisabeth of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, who gave the Icon to Anastasia and was stolen from her home when she died in Charlottesville.


He decides to  go back to his previous life as a spy with  the help of former colleagues in secret services and some members of a spiritual Secret Society, trying to find the icon and the truth. Rodney embarks in a dangerous mission and during his journey he receives numerous  revelations  about  historical facts  that have been hidden to  cover up one of the greatest secret service operations  in history, and  finds not only the proof that Anna Anderson was Anastasia, but also the documents that may attest that other members of the Imperial Family survived and lived under false identities in different countries around the world, with the protection and complicity of several governments, royal houses and The Vatican.

Critics say we have wisely and carefully handpicked the other characters, and infused them with specific emotions, personalities, feelings, motives and secret agendas, since they play important roles that represent the past, the  present and will subtly suggest the future of the saga.
It has been our aim that with a balanced mix of facts and fiction, to manage to develop a thrilling sequence of events taking place in 1994, the unforgettable year when several people got involved in a legal battle in Charlottesville, Virginia, to gain access to a tissue sample of Anna Anderson/Anastasia Manahan, kept at the Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, to be tested to obtain her DNA. Finally, the sample was taken  to London for the DNA analysis, and the results announced on October 5th, 1994 discredited  her claim of being the historical Anastasia. But despite the scientific results, still today, thousands of Anna Anderson’s supporters all over the world believe in her authenticity.  Many questions about the true fate of the last ruling family of Russia remain unanswered, including why the Russian Orthodox Church does not recognize the bones exhumed in 1991 as those of Nicholas II‘s family.
11 Letter of Prince Michael Benedict to Robert Crouch about Icon in  1991
Letter of Prince Michael Benedict to Robert Crouch about Icon in 1991

The lost Romanov Icon contains a detailed description of several events of the life of Anna Anderson/Anastasia Manahan that were never mentioned before.  I do think that it is definitely an intriguing novel that combines history with legend, facts with fiction, and suggests royal and state secrets kept since 1918 by powerful people around the world, that probably will result in a new controversy around one of the bloodiest episodes of history: the fate of the last Imperial Family of Russia.
No doubt this novel will add more mystery to an almost 100 year’s enigma that will outlive all of us while we wait for the definitive work of Marie Stravlo that will shock all those that keep insisting that the official version is the only version.
9Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicolaievna Romanov, youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II in Lugano, 1926


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