Under King Charles I of Anjou,in 1250, Pasquale was Consul of the Sea in Brindisi and also admiral of the royal galleys of that city; another Pasquale was Baron of San Cesario Caprarica, guardian of Mary of Enghien, Countess of Lecce and Queen of Naples, whereas his son Augustine, who married Andronica Paleologo in 1420, in 1455 received, by the son of Maria d’Enghien Gian Antonio Orsini, Prince of Taranto, the fief of Poggiardo. And then there is the beautiful story of Father Ignazio Guarini, a Jesuit, who in 1733 was sent by Pope Clement XI in Dresden to teach the Catholic religion at the court of Frederick Augustus II, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony: he taught French to Princess Maria Josefa, who was intended as a bride to the dauphin of France, Louis Ferdinand and was mother of Louis XVI.
Ignazio also taught Italian to Princess Maria Amalia, who became Queen of Naples, wife of Charles III of Spain and King of Naples. It is said that during his stay at court he was shot in an arm, probably in an attack hatched by the Queen Mother, a fierce Lutheran, who didn’t tolerate her son conversion. Also because of her contacts at the Vatican, the art of the mosaic was introduced in the Polish court, a secret prerogative of the Opera di San Pietro, a small thriller. Thanks to his familiarity with the King his nephew Federico Guarini, son of the Duke of Poggiardo Ottaviano, was appointed Captain of the Infantry regiment of the Earl of Bhrül in 1742. Ignazio died in Dresden, just before his imminent appointment as Cardinal. Over the centuries, more than 100 families were related with ours, we administered more than 50 feuds in Terra d’Otranto and many famous people have been guests of our family, like Joseph Bonaparte in 1807 and Joachim Murat, King of Naples, guest in 1813 in the Palace of Lecce, where he left his signature engraved on a mirror, signature that is reproduced on our wine dedicated to him, Murà.