JAVIER MARIAS?? KING LEO'S REPLY!!
The following information is in reply to a guest book entry posted
on the 25 September 2000 by Jordi
Font-Agustí (Barcelona (Spain)).
Mr William Leonard Gates: Senyor: Después de buscar, encontrar y
leer atentamente las páginas y documentos de su web, creo que he de
pedirle que reconozca a Javier Marías como Rey de Redonda. Usted enseña
muchos documentos, pero nunca muestra el documento que acredita que
John Roberts es el legítimo heredero del título. ¿Porqué no lo reproduce
en su página? En cualquier caso, mientras usted se limita a ostentar
el título de rey, Javier Marías está creando todo mundo literario
de altísima calidad entorno a él. Más allá de sus propias obras (especialmente
Negra espalda el tiempo, que marca el camino a seguir por la novela
del siglo XXI), ha iniciado un trabajo de rey competente y generoso
publicando en español la obra de MP Shiel. Temas legales a parte (que
no están nada claros), si he de escoger entre la pompa y la creación
literaria, no tengo duda alguna: Viva Javier Marías, rey de Redonda!
Sire: After reading your web I decided to ask you to recognise Javier
Marías as a King of Redonda. I consider that you don’t show enough
evidences (why don’t reproduce you the document transferring the kingdom
to John Roberts?) Meanwhile you are just making a show of the title
of King, Javier Marías has created a literary universe with Redonda.
He wrote the magnificent Negra espalda del tiempo (a novel that indicates
the way for novels in the XXI century) and now is working as a responsible
and good king translating to Spanish the novels by MP Shiel. Glory
to Javier Marías, King of Redonda! Jordi Font-Agustí Escritor / Writer
King Leo has sent the following reply to Jordi Font-Agusti
From: The Redondan Foundation
Date: 28 September 2000 12:45
Subject: REX REDONDAE v. JAVIER MARIAS
Dear Sir, Thank you for your entry on our Kingdom of Redonda website.
You say you have read it, but it seems that you have not understood
it. You appear to confuse Javier Marias' role as Literary Executor (for
the Estates of M.P.Shiel and T.I.F.Armstrong, passed on to him by the
previous Executor, Mr. Wynne-Tyson) with the entirely separate legal
entity known as the Kingdom of Redonda (of which I am the sole and current
owner). Why is that?
As it happens, I recognise Javier Marias as a distinguished author and
academic, with a world-wide reputation and appeal. and I applaud his
appointment as Literary Executor. An excellent choice. At that time,
I wrote to him, pledging my Kingdom's support in his role as Literary
Executor (as I am bound to do, by my Deed of Office), and have since
published articles in our Kingdom's Newsletter, drawing Members' attention
to his books, as well as including him in my last Honours List.
It follows that I cannot possibly recognise him as "King of Redonda",
simply because he has no legal or other claim to the Title I possess,
and of which I am guardian for posterity. You appear to be challenging
me to produce further evidence of proof for myself; may I suggest that
you first approach Javier Marias for his own "proofs"? I also beg leave
to draw your attention to the fact that Javier Marias has no need to
call himself "King", to bring M.P.Shiel's works to the attention of
the public, in Spain or anywhere else. Anyone will tell you that he
already has total authority to do that, by virtue of his office as Literary
I consider your remarks that "I don't show enough evidence" and that
I am "making a show of the title of King" to be not only untrue but
also insulting, as my loyal and keen Members all over the world would
agree. The key legal documents I possess, of considerable monetary value,
are held at my lawyer's offices for security reasons, and to avoid any
misuse. Javier Marias has already been offered access to see them, either
personally or by his accredited representative, if he still doubts the
truth. To date he has not responded to this open-hearted and generous
offer. Why is that?
I suggest that you try to consider the facts of this matter, rather
than offer opinions. As M.P.Shiel said (at least twice), "Opinions have
no value." In other words, I regret to inform you that Javier Marias
has been grievously misled in this matter by his predecessor, Mr. Wynne-Tyson.
I have ample proofs,( going back at least thirty years, in my Royal
Archives, which I alone inherited from my predecessor John Roberts,
when he abdicated in my favour in 1989.)of Mr Wynne-Tyson's intransigence
and its sad consequences. As a result, a highly-renowned literary genius,
with respected international academic connections and a high public
profile, has become embroiled in a matter of deception amounting to
fraud. I suggest you should investigate for yourself the Spanish truth
behind my remarks, before the entire matter of Javier Marias' impostorship
becomes even more widely known. If you think so much of him (and rightly
so) it is the least you can do. I have done, and am doing, all I can
in this matter, but Javier Marias and his agents and publishers appear
to be taking no notice. Why is that? I trust sincerely that I have said
nothing untrue or unfair above: indeed I seek the opposites. I shall
look forward to a positive reply, with great interest.
In all truth, Sincerely, Leo, 5th King of Santa Maria la Redonda, in
the West Indies.