cartujano.jpg (27062 bytes) THE STORY OF THE CARTUSIAN HORSES

(Spanish / English)


The story of the carthusian horses

On the basis of research of documents from the public administration and the Carthusian monks of Jerez de la Frontera from the time they began to breed horses until the disappearance of their order in the 19th century, everything that had been written about Carthusian horses is questioned in this book. Following extended and painstaking study of documents which were thought to have disappeared at the time of the French revolution, the author has explained in this book the extraordinary results of his research.

In these pages you will learn about the real color of the Carthusian horses, their size, who they were sold to, and what branding iron the monks used on their animals. You will also learn about the stringent control horses were subject to at that time in history.

The book also tells of the problems of the stables of the Zapata Pilar family, which until now was the source of the legend surrounding the Carthusian horses. You will learn why Pedro José Zapata did not buy the horses of the Cartuja, that he did not design the hierro de bocado (bit branding iron); that no Carthusian horse was ever branded with it; and why the horses never went to the Breña del Agua property. You will read about the quality of the horses who were said to be the descendants of the Carthusian horses, as revealed in the results of the Review of the quality of the Zapata stables, carried out in 1812, which show how the "pure" bocado horses evolved from some "overlooked" crossbreeding. The book reveals the true origin of the bit branding iron, who designed it and who its real owners were. It also explains why the letter C which Vicente Romero added to the bit branding iron does not mean "comprado" (purchased) and why it was added; why the King did not use Carthusian horses to renew his stables after the fire at the Royal stables of Cordoba in 1734, but instead bought mares from the Jesuits; and how their stables in Arcos and Jerez de la Frontera (the link between the Royal mares of Cordoba and the other Spanish stables for the dissemination of the Spanish horse ) were expropriated.

Read this book to learn about the real story of the Carthusian horses and discover how a legend was created to make people believe that the Bocado horses were its descendants.

The foreword of the book was written by Carlos Villanueva. The book has 288 pages made of 150 gram semimat white paper. It has over 100 color and black and white photographs, and is illustrated with paintings and drawings by José Manuel Gómez López. The flyleaf is also a color reproduction of one of his paintings. The book contains scanned reproductions of some original documents. The book cover is made of imitation leather with engraved gold printing, and the plastified jacket bears a color photograph and gold printing in relief.


Chapter 1- The power of the Church

Chapter 2- The Carthusian Order

             2.1 The rules of the monastery

             2.2 The Order in Spain

             2.3 Separation of the French and Spanish branches

Chapter 3- The Obertos de Valeto Family

             3.1 Alvaro Obertos de Valeto and the Monastery of Las Cuevas

             3.2 The first donations for the construction of the monastery

             3.3 Beginning of construction and last donations

             3.4 Elvira Rodríguez de Villasandino

Chapter 4- The carthusian horses

             4.1 Social, cultural and economic context of the most important period of the carthusian breeding mares

             4.2 The origins of the legend

             4.3 The carthusian stable

             4.4 The fictitious sale of the carthusian breeding mares to Pedro José Zapata

             4.5 Control and sale of the horses

             4.6 The coats of carthusian horses

             4.7 The role of the monks in the care of the horses

             4.8 The carthusian branding iron

Chapter 5- The invasion of Jerez de la Frontera and its consequences

             5.1 Jerez de la Frontera during the French invasion

             5.2 The closing of the convents

             5.3 The Monastery of Jerez is abandoned

Chapter 6- The Zapata stables and the bocado branding iron

              6.1 The Zapata stables and their branding irons

                    The arrival of the French in Arcos de la Frontera

                    Review of the quality of the Zapata stable

              6.2 The bocado branding iron

                    Origins of the bocado branding iron

                    Expropriation of the property of the Jesuits and the bocado branding iron  


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