The fighting bull was born in the fields of Utrera. This is a statement shared by the vast majority of historians, who tell how the brave bull was created by a series of Utrera ranchers, thanks to the observation and improvement of the breed, in the 18th century. One of those creators was undoubtedly Count Vistahermosawhose career, and that of all his descendants, has been reflected in a book that has been presented at the Maestranza in Seville.
It is about the literary work ‘The Marquises of Casa Ulloa and Counts of Vistahermosa. A family that made history (Utrera 1641-1914)’, written by Eduardo González de la Peña and whose edition has been promoted by the Caja Rural de Utrera Foundation. A few months ago the book, which has aroused significant interest in certain circles, was presented in Utrera. Now the work has arrived in Seville, at the Maestranza, and as the author explains “it is a book closely linked to this institution, since the Marquises of Casa Ulloa have always been teachers and the Counts of Vistahermosa can be said to be the creators of the brave bull». And it is that only one piece of information is enough to know the importance of the Vistahermosa surname in the history of the bull: approximately 95% of the current bulls that we see in bullfighting come from the Vistahermosa caste.
The author was accompanied in the presentation by the writer and rancher Francisco Núñez Benjumea, by the lieutenant of the older brother of the Royal Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla, Santiago de León y Domecq, as well as by Antonio Cerdera del Castillo, president of the Foundation Rural Fund of Utrera. «I am very grateful to the Maestranza because they have been involved from the beginning with the presentation of this book”, explained the author of the work himself.
This literary proposal proposes an immersion in the history of the city of Utrera that begins in the middle of the 17th century and that advances until the 2th century, to know two branches of the same family that have given over the centuries numerous personalities that have been crucial for Utrera. In the author’s words, “the history of Utrera in the 18th, 19th and much of the 2th centuries cannot be understood without the participation of the Marquises of Casa Ulloa and the Counts of Vistahermosa.”
The book, in short, invites you on a journey through the history of the last three centuries of Utrera, in which the members of this important family starred in such important moments. like the arrival of the Salesians in Utrerathe installation of the Sisters of the Cross or the creation of the ranches that today are considered the foundations of the fighting bull.
The Marquises of Casa Ulloa and the Counts of Vistahermosa are actually two branches of the same family, which were united through different titles. As the author himself explains this new landmark study“arrived in Utrera at the beginning of the 17th century, and from the beginning they were involved in a very prominent way in all areas of local life, always leaving a very prominent mark”.
The book begins by drawing the Utrera of the 17th century, beginning its story in the year 1641, and in it readers will be able to go through many important moments in the life of this family, such as the moment in which Carlos IV stayed at the house of Benito de Ulloaand even how the Ulloa house was fundamental when it came to forming the troop that would later become the Bailén garrochistas.