The Secret Life of the Earl St. Maur (1835-1869)

By Joseph Silmon Monerri, PRNE
Thursday, January 27, 2011

MANCHESTER, England, January 28, 2011 - Newcastle-born, half-Spanish ex-Jazzman and British author, Joe A A
Silmon-Monerri, spent three decades compiling "THE SECRET LIFE OF THE EARL
ST. MAUR (1835-1869) - Was He My Great-Grandfather?". An enthralling,
revealing, generously illustrated, deeply educational read, it is an
action-packed mixed bag. Full details at: .

This paperback tome, produced by Trafford Publishing, Bloomington,
, USA, in August 2010, now also available as an e-book, traces the
pro-military, patriotic and amorous meanderings of the war-crazy, heroic,
back-packing, 007-style, once-balloonist Earl St. Maur - son and heir of the
Twelfth Duke of Somerset and Jane Georgiana Sheridan. Choosing war, rather
than dukedom, parliamentary, estate and protocol duties, he refuted the
concept of Christian marriage. Wars in Persia, the Indian Mutiny and
Garibaldi claimed the Earl's youthful attention.

Histories of aristocratic families perambulate alongside those from the
wrong-side-of-the-blanket, including the author's Moroccan-born grandfather,
whose consanguinity with St. Maur he seeks to prove via DNA tests; only if
necessary, exhumation. Of mixed race, Mohamed, aged 12, immigrated as the
Earl's personal servant in 1868; the first of three illegitimates, from a
mid-1850s liaison. He became a Christian in Britain, while later the Earl
embraced Islam, a faith he had come to respect.

Frustration about failed courtships with titled ladies transmuted into a
torrid love affair with gipsy kitchen-maid-turned-"Lady", Rosina Swan. She
bore him two recognised St. Maurs, one of them in Morocco. British-born
Harold, eventually contesting for the dukedom, failed to prove his parents'
marriage, which a Dutch waiter-turned-hotelier was allegedly hired to witness
in Torquay.

Close to the Pankhursts, Tangier-born Ruth, when married, recounted their
romantic tale, sowing the seeds of friend George Bernard Shaw's
"Pygmalion"(play, 1913; book, 1916), eventually the film "My Fair Lady". The
story was aired frequently, among friends at Brownsea Castle, Dorset. A
Suffragist, brilliant writer of Fabian Society Manifesto tracts and a heroic
feminist, Ruth founded the Cavendish-Bentinck Library in London.

Heraldry, Genealogy, Medieval French and British History are rewritten by
Silmon-Monerri, when he reveals that a ten-century-old controversial linking
of the St. Maur, Ste. Maure and Seymour families as one big family is a myth
- their separate origins being the subject of his next book, only briefly
touched on here. Never properly explained before by the relevant authorities,
Silmon-Monerri's documentary proof, gleaned from French and British sources,
solves the mystery forever.

Joseph SILMON-MONERRI: +44(0)161-225-6136, jaasilm1 at

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