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Written by Mandy N
(1/27/2006 4:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The rightful heir..., penned by Robbin
Manfred claims dominion of Otranto by his claim Alfonso the Good dying childless, 'bequethed his estates to my grandfather Don Ricardo, in consideration of his faithful service.- [ the stranger shook his head ]'
I wonder why the stranger knight did not agree with Manfred's explaination ?
Manfred admits Frederic of Vicenza is nearest in blood to Alfonso. Isabella as his daughter appears to be the heiress of Vicenza and therefore, of Otranto.
Manfred's speech to the knights is peppered with untrths-
I doubt Manfred's fooling them with his codswollop. 'The knights gazed on each other, wondering where this would end'.
* I assume Don Ricardo was a retainer, a knight in Alfonso's srvice. To try and strengthn his claim to Otranto, Manfred assumes heavenly authority by claiming his grandfather held Otranto 'by his good sword, and by favour of saint Nicholas-'
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