Aline Countess of Romanones Message Board
Anita posts on 7/18/2011 9:04:19 PM
no problem Sarah, as I figured it out, and its only a mistake.
When you think you figure it out let me know. I will keep looking for those notes I recorded a long time ago.
Sarah posts on 7/7/2011 5:00:26 AM
Sorry, her name is actually Aisha (sometimes with at 'y') Benhima -- Ahmed was her husband.
Sarah posts on 7/5/2011 12:03:52 PM
No worries!! It was really curiosity more than anything. I did try googling but didn't have any luck. I found one woman who I *thought* it might be -
Ahmed Benhima, wife of the former Moroccan ambassador to the U.N
but something contradicted it (can't remember what) but that was all that I could find.
I will keep y'all posted if I decide to take a trip!
Anita posts on 7/2/2011 1:11:30 PM
Sarah, my apology...I tore my office apart looking for that info I saved, and still could not find it. I am still looking & when and if I do I will post it.If I could"just remember the name as I tried hard at the time to memorize it.
I hope you do go to Extremadura, to Trujillo, and maybe Pascualete. What a wonderful trip it would be for you!
Sarah posts on 7/1/2011 7:51:11 PM
Anita did you ever find the real names of Salima and Fatima?
I also would love to know who Casilda was!!
I recently moved to London, and since I'm so close to Spain I thought maybe I'd go down there for a visit. There's a parador in Trujillo that looks amazing and maybe I could see Pascualete!
Angela posts on 6/26/2011 9:06:32 PM
I still believe that her books hold a lot more fact than many others are willing to believe. I guess the same critics might think that God is fictional, based on the many different descriptions and forms he takes, and the lack of physical proof. Just a thought...
Anita posts on 6/24/2011 7:07:02 PM
I too, read the Preface in her book, and now I think, we can put this minor "dispute" to rest and move on. Let's face it, Aline's books are nothing short of wonderful. Marvelous characters,fully of mystery and espionage. That is what is so appealing not to mention her references to Spain's Peerage and Social community. The balls the parties, The hunts,and all the rest of it. Frankly I am saddened that she won't be writing any more since this last book published in Spain. Truly, the "End Of An Era".
Edgar posts on 6/23/2011 9:31:34 PM
Thank you Roseanne! I'm so glad that other people take the time to read the Preface of a book.
Roseanne H posts on 6/22/2011 1:44:17 PM
The Spy Wore Red was published as an autobiography. While there is no disputing the fact that the Countess embellished her escapades, I would not go so far as to say that her first book was a fictional memoir. Suffice to say, however, that we all knew, and know, that her purpose was to entertain, as she states in her foreward, and she has succeeded in doing so.
Robert Huddleston posts on 6/20/2011 9:53:44 PM
My hat's off to October Mist. This is what I've been preaching for years. The Edmundo Lassalle as Top Hat that Aline created is a man that never was. He was a lover but never a model for 007. The proper category ought to be FICTIONAL MEMOIR.
Anita: Thanks! If I had your address I'd send a bouquet of roses.
PS I'm now working on a spy novel set in Barcelona
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