Balzac was one of the most influential authors of the 19th Century. His major collection of interlinked novels and stories is known as The Human Comedy. He became known as the ‘French Dickens’, and was an influence on the writings of Charles Dickens, amongst many other significant authors.
Alfons was a member of the Royal House of Wittelsbach. His Grandfather was King of Bavaria. He reached the rank of General of Cavalry in the army. His wife, Louise D’Orleans was also born into a royal family, the French House of Orleans.
Salazar dominated 20th Century Portuguese history as he was Prime Minister of Portugal for 36 years between 1932-1968. He is often regarded as a dictator who prevented many freedoms via police and censorship.