|About the Book|
Josefa Marquesa del Pumar contains 103 pages of unpublished primary source transcriptions from archival sources about a Venezuelan royal émigré exiled by General Simon Bolivar. Written in Spanish, the book reveals a historical mystery from the pagesMoreJosefa Marquesa del Pumar contains 103 pages of unpublished primary source transcriptions from archival sources about a Venezuelan royal émigré exiled by General Simon Bolivar. Written in Spanish, the book reveals a historical mystery from the pages of oblivion.The book’s transcribed early 19th century documents reveal the voice of a Marchioness, Doña Josefa Lucía del Pumar y Callejo, via letters she wrote to King Ferdinand VII recounting the price of her loyalty to him, and Spain: the loss of her two military Spanish husbands, a Baron and a Count, her fortune, security and status. She, consequently, requests a pension for her fidelity. Through her letters, we are informed of the details of her family saga, living in physical peril during revolutionary times and split family loyalties in Venezuela and Puerto Rico from 1814 to the 1830s. It is a family saga, historical drama, offering scholars a rare mix of fascinating human moral dilemmas.This interdisciplinary book offers a riveting account of the life and voice of a young woman, a widow with five young daughters in the midst of life’s most dangerous political liaisons- the perilous life of a courageous female royalist émigré in hiding- a personal and intimate account which facilitates the interpretation, study and evaluation of the epochs intersectionalities of gender and class with historiographical political debates.The heroine, this passionate, loyal and fearless, feminist character, Josefa Lucía Marquesa del Pumar y Callejo, is a newly discovered jewel in the academe- from a pedagogical perspective, she is a clear winner in creating an attractive syllabus for any college or university’s history class, womens and gender studies curriculum, and/or Latin-American and Caribbean social, psychological and cultural studies course.