Like most old families the Salazars have their share of myths and legends regarding their origins and foremost ancestors. Documentary evidence of the family goes back to the 10th C however I have come across 5 seperate references which supposedly take our history back a further 700 years to the 3rd century A.D.The family is so ancient that it is reputed that the Spanish Saint St Lawrence was in fact a Salazar. Here are 2 verses by Diego Velasquez which date from 1521.
"De noble prospia diz que fue el comenzo
De acquesta Levita de mucha costancia
Ca fue un solar antiguo en Numancia
Salazio llamado si cres al Vasquenzo
De acquest linaxe pues fue S. Laurenzo.
Aquel acquien Roma con laudes sin pares
Celebra por rama de los Salazares
Y espana le ofreze aromas y encienze."
"They say that this family of great
worth had noble beginnings
because if you believe the one from Vasquez
then the family seat in Numancia was called Salazio.
Of this lineage then was St Lawrence
who Rome celebrates as a member of the Salazars
and to whom Spain offers perfume and incense."
If you go to the only Christian church in the Roman forum in Rome you can see the steps upon which the Romans fried St Lawrence alive. Worth a visit if you are ever in Rome!
Here are some other theories about the origins of the Salazars.
1. WE are all descended from two French Knights, Sir Galindo de Salazar (french Aigoland)and his brother Sir Gaston de Salazar. These 2 were grandsons of the famous EUDON, who was Duke of Aquitaine, a vast area in S.W France. If we choose to favour this path then the history of the family goes back to the year 425 A.D when Faramundo King of the FRANCS died. He is supposed to be the Salazars utteremost ancestor, and was suceeded by an uninterupted series of 7 generations of monarchs: CLODIO,MORAVES,CHILDERICO,CLODOVEO,CLOTARIO I,CHILPERICO I, & CLOTARIO II, to CARIBERTO (646 A.D) brother of DAGOBERTO I and grandfather of the aforementioned EUDON, Duke of Aquitaine. All this information has been confirmed by the 19th C Master of Spanish heraldry, a gentleman by the name of VILAR. Despite VILARS worthy credentials, how can anyone proove this ??? There is no documentation, so as far as relable and provable history is concerned it could be a load of bunkum.Still it is nicer to imagine Royal blood coursing through our veins! As I mentioned before the documented history of the family starts in the 10th C.
-----Back to Aigoland and his brother. If you have read my 'brief history of the Salazars part 1'you will recall that it was these 2 brothers who destroyed the Emperor Charlemagnes Army at Roncevalles.
Below is a 17th C Latin tract by the French poet Pierre de Rosset commemorating the battle as part of an epitaph to the famous Archbishop of Sens Tristan de Salazar.
Celtiber et proavos Biscaio a fine
Secutus, primus in hoc Salazar nomine
Papa fuit Ante Aigoland de Salazar
Cui Carolus in Roncevalles cessit.
It says that Tristan's uttermost ancestor Aigoland( a celtiberian from Biscay) who defeated Charlemagne at Roncevalles was a Salazar.
So here we have Aigoland and his brother nipping over the border from France into the passes in Spain to form the bases of our family in this country.I have no idea whether the 2 brothers gave their name to the Valley of Salazar in Navarra, or whether it was the other way round.
More on the Basque and Separdic Jews theories in part 3
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