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Antony Boada
British Feudal Investments
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Readers who are not yet bored to tears with the fantasies of Antony Boada and Gary Martin Beaver (the self-styled Duke of Campobello and Baron Richecourt) may be interested in reading first the Boada pitch on his “British Feudal Investments” website, and then the comments of a journalist who wrote a feature article on his operations.

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Next, extracts (dated 1997) from THE NEW TIMES of Miami, Florida ~
The Man and His Titles

“This is the Order of Cordon Bleu. And that’s the Order of Signum Fidei ~ run by the Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld. He is the brother or cousin of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Prince Bernhard was the husband of Queen Juliana, who was a darling.”

Antonio Adolfo Boada ~ Tony to his friends ~ is conducting a personal guided tour of his Brickell Key condo: in essence, a running monologue about his trove of chivalric medals, which he keeps under glass in mahogany display cases. “This is the Order of St. George in England, which I got,” he says, his finger caressing a star-shape brooch of gold and ivory. “Um, this is Cordon Bleu again. That’s the Order of the Garter,” he continues, indicating a starburst of glass and silver the size of a man’s wallet. “That’s a Mother Teresa dollar, um, from the president of the Czech Republic. And it’s not a dollar, it’s actually a thaler, with a t.”

Boada takes a sip of his bloody mary. It is three hours past noon on a Thursday, and the Cuban emigre is clothed in sweatpants and a black hockey jersey. Of average height and somewhat inclined to fat, at age 39 he exhibits the pallor of a man who spends much of his time indoors. His thinning black hair is combed over a pudgy, rectangular face whose central feature is a well-trimmed mustache. A gold pendant of indeterminate origin shines through the mesh holes of his shirt.

“This is, um, the Royal Order of St. George; I got that for, um, my services in Germany,” he says, lifting the lid of a second case. “This one is for Britain ~ for serving the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who are the patrons of that order. This is the Order of the Holy Sepulchre,” he offers, fingering a small white enameled cross. “I, um, got that from the Pope.”

On and on he goes, through all the titles he has accumulated over the years, seemingly more titles than one man could possibly remember: the Order of St. Mary of Palestine, given by the Patriarch of Antioch. The Imperial Hispanic Order of Carlos V, bestowed by the cousin of the King of Spain. Knights of Malta, Order of the Griffon. The Order of Our Lady of Vilavicosa, given to him, Boada says, by the sister of the last King of Portugal. The Order of St Lazarus, from the King of Spain, who also bestowed upon him the titles of Duke of Campobello and Marques de Alessio. “Those are just Viking knives,” he quips as he dismisses two gilded daggers. “Viking and Roman knives. We could kill a few people with them.”

The daggers and crosses, ribbons and medals, arrayed painstakingly in their cases, give the tiny two-bedroom condo the feel of a museum of European history. Boada’s friends sometimes call the apartment the Gold Cave, because the medals, along with the gold frames on his dozens of paintings, overwhelm the paisley-print sofas and the red Oriental rugs that cushion his bare feet.

“I have things from the Royal Air Force in Britain, you know ~ commemorative things that I have done. And over here, let’s see,” he goes on, padding across to a third display case and stroking a silver medallion therein, “this is the Order of St. George of the Dragon from England. Um, I’ve also got the Order of Ferdinand from Austria, and um, this is from the centennial of the Orthodox Church of Russia.”

He roots around some more, all the while muttering modestly that there’s no space left to store all his awards. “Albania awarded me these medals here. Um, I built up their diplomatic corps. Um. I got them their embassy in South Africa. I got them their embassy in London, I got them the embassy in Mexico and the consulate in Houston.

“This one I’m really proud of: I’m president of l’Europe Gastronomie. It’s a festival of wine and cheese and so on for all the producers of wine and food in France. I headed that. And this one here is from Austria. That’s the ..... I don’t even remember what order it is. I wore it, I know that!”

“It’s a big deal,” says Guy Stair Sainty, historiographer of the British Order of St John and a respected phaleristic scholar. “There are only 24 members in the Knights of the Garter, for instance, and they take precedence over other people at state occasions and the like. They have these beautiful robes that they wear once a year, when they meet with the Queen of England.”

Sainty is not only a certified knight, he’s also an expert on heraldry, the study of coats of arms. He developed a Website on chivalry, and he also runs the official Website of the Knights of Malta (of which he is one). The native of Sussex, England, who has operated an art gallery in New York City since 1979, has published more than eleven academic texts, including The Orders of Saint John, an obscure but authoritative treatise on the Knights of Malta. In that book he devotes a fair amount of attention to the “self-styled” imitators of established chivalric orders; there seems to be a healthy supply of individuals eager to hand over cash ~ sometimes thousands of dollars ~ for a title they can wield at cocktail parties.

“These are the sorts of people who believe, I think, that extraterrestrials have landed in Arizona,” Sainty scoffs. “They are willing to suspend ordinary judgment because they want to believe. They’ve seen Braveheart or Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or whatever, and from that they have some idea of European graciousness and history. They think that the title somehow makes them better than their neighbors. And they think they can be a knight by paying money to some people. They really think that’s how it happens.

“Of course,’ he adds dryly, “that’s not how it happens.”

To earn membership in most legitimate chivalric orders, a person must be of noble birth. Other legitimate orders require extraordinary public service and a certain religious affiliation. What makes a title legitimate? The short answer, says Sainty, is that the order must be given by the recognized head of a sovereign state. Additionally, certain long-established dynasties that have been deposed still award legitimate honors.

And to earn membership in a “self-styled” order? Just write a check.

“It’s unbelievable how easily a fool and his money are parted,” Sainty muses. “People who in their ordinary lives would take the greatest of care with what they buy somehow believe this twaddle. Once they hear the truth, they don’t want to believe it, because they’ve spent all this money and what have they got? Nothing but a piece of paper worth maybe ten cents.”

On the coast of Maine, near the rocky beaches of Portland, lives a 71-year-old heraldic researcher named James J. Algrant. Guy Stair Sainty speaks well of his work, noting that Algrant is a former diplomat with broad knowledge of European traditions. For a brief time Algrant was the secretary general of the International Commission on Orders of Chivalry, a respected body that labored to authenticate chivalric orders. Like Sainty, he loves to expose the charlatans who traffic in phony titles and orders. And he knows Boada well. “I’ve been tracking him down for years,” Algrant spits.

Around eight years ago, as he flipped through a glossy magazine about royalty, Algrant came across an ad for a book entitled Upward Nobility! How to Make It Into the Aristocratic and Royal Ranks: The Guide to How, How Much, and Where. The tome, said to have been written by a Marina Alexandrine de Feurstenzandt, cost $64. Algrant bought it.

What arrived in the mail was literally a paperback: a bound collection of photocopies. It was also thick, well researched, and, Algrant says, obviously written by Boada. (A person who knows Boada well but did not want to be identified confirms his authorship.) “It turned out to be quite worthwhile,” Algrant notes with a chuckle. “He describes what he’s doing, everything he’s selling, and it all sounds like it is perfectly on the up-and-up. Mind you, I’m not saying he is doing anything illegal; it is just on the verge of doing something illegal.”

Among the grantors of chivalric titles that the book recommended was the British-based Patriarchate of Antioch.

“Ostensibly it was an independent church of Eastern tradition and so forth and so on, which apparently felt it could dispense titles of chivalry, using as a legal basis that the Vatican does it, so why can’t this church do it,” explains Algrant. “Of course, when people asked where the church was located, nobody knew ~ because everything came out of a P.O. box in London.”

Pamphlets from the church revealed Boada’s connection: The patriarch was said to be “aided by Antonio, Duke of Campobello,” who was based at Queensgate Associates Ltd ~ the same firm that published Upward Nobility!

While the book has been out of print for some time, the church still appears to be open for business. The same cannot really be said for Albania, a chaotic East European nation where Boada founded the Albanian College of Arms in 1992. Not only did the college sell titles bestowed by the shaky Albanian government, it also confirmed ~ for a price of $5000 or more ~ the legitimacy of titles obtained from other governments. “In other words,” says Algrant, “if you had a funny title from a so-called Byzantine prince and everybody who knows about titles was laughing up their sleeves because it wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on, then you could have gone to the Albanian College of Arms to get a confirmation of this thing. One phony was confirming the other!”

Algrant penned a lengthy refutation of Boada’s Albanian enterprise, which he posted on a Website devoted to matters of chivalry. Without directly naming Boada, Algrant’s article describes the college’s founder as “a foreigner, with no background in heraldry, genealogy, or in comparative nobiliary law.” In a second paper, posted on a similar Website, Algrant euphemistically calls Boada “a fast Cuban-Dutch gentleman.”

At New Times’s request, Guy Stair Sainty conducted his own “tour” of Tony Boada’s chivalric honors.

The Order of Cordon Bleu: “That is a cookery award, for being a good cook.”

The Order of Signum Fidei: “It isn’t given any more. It’s a fantasy, a complete invention. Worthless.”

The Order of the Garter: “The annual Whittaker’s Almanac, published in London, lists the members of the Order of the Garter, England’s highest honor. He is not listed in the almanac. He is not a member. He is lying. You can say that with absolute certainty.”

The Royal Order of St George, for services in Germany: “This is a legitimate order, limited to Bavarians who can prove that their 32 great-grandparents are all noble. And he’s not a member, I guarantee it.”

The Imperial Hispanic Order of Carlos V, given by the cousin of the King of Spain: “It’s given out by somebody who happens to be a distant relation to the King of Spain. It’s completely unrecognized. It’s worthless. It’s like somebody saying, ‘I’m the cousin of Bill Clinton’ and issuing presidential proclamations or vetoing bills from Congress.”

The Order of St. Lazarus from the King of Spain: “That’s a lie. That’s completely false. I can say it’s absolutely 100 percent a lie. First of all, I know the King of Spain perfectly well. Secondly, the Order of St. Lazarus is not given by the King of Spain.”

And with that, Sainty concludes his tour. “I love to find these people,” he chortles. “I love to expose them, because they are complete fantasists. You might as well call yourself a Knight of the Order of Coca-Cola, you know what I’m saying?”

When Antony Boada became “Ambassador-at-Large and Minister Plenipotentiary” of the Republic of Liberia, a press release described him thus ~
The new ambassador was born in Cuba, grew up in Miami and California, attended Belen Preparatory High School, and graduated from Florida International University. He went on to attain Law and Economics degrees in London, Liege (Belgium), Lisbon, and the University of Biarritz. He was formerly married to Anna Maria, Princess von Schonaich-Carolath, who has congratulated her former husband with a reception held at Rotterdam, Netherlands, stating, “Tony is a born leader and I’m delighted for him in his new position ~ his career has gone from strength to strength. He has always known only one way to move: and that is forward.”

However, the article reports ~
While Boada did graduate from Belen Prep and FIU ~ he earned a B.S. in communications in 1980 ~ he would not produce proof of any law and economics degrees from London, Liege (Belgium), Lisbon, or the University of Biarritz. There is some question as to whether the University of Biarritz even exists. According to a University of Miami spokeswoman, there are no public universities in Biarritz, a resort town on the southwest coast of France near the Spanish border. The only private institution, structured for mature students and retirees, is the Universite du Temps Libre de Biarritz, or Leisure Time University.
Antony Boada poses as a “peerage lawyer”. He is not a peerage lawyer. He is not even a lawyer. Caveat emptor!

Our congratulations go to the author of this article, Robert A. Powell, for writing it, and to The New Times of Miami for publishing it. We hope it will act as a deterrent.

The complete article (© 1997 New Times Inc.) may be read on The New Times website.

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