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Written by Mandy N
(2/1/2006 2:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Did you like the part when the ghost crashed the castle?, penned by Laraine
I took this to signify the rule of Manfred's family had never rested on strong foundations. Outwardly, Manfred may've appeared a strong ruler but inwardly the foundations of his rule were weak and unstable.
I think the real owner, Alfonso could not ascend to his heavenly rest until his line was restored to Otranto.
Theodore is revealed to be the grandson of Alfonso the Good.
Manfred confesses the crime of his grandfather Ricardo and the fictious will--so perhaps Manfred was never meant to be ruler of Otranto.
Possibly, HW drew on English hisotry to write Otranto, firt passed as an exotic tale from C12th Italy.
There is a Castel Otranto in Spain which has a turrent like HW's home Strawberry Hill. Reduced to a crumbly ruin now !
See www.castellpuglia.org for picture of Castle Otranto.
Interestingly, it was built by King Ferdinand with his wife, Queen Isabella in the C 15th. Their daughter, the saintly Catherine of Aragon had a dispensation to marry Henry VIII. Delicious coincidence !
I begin to see why HW originally called it a translation of a C12 th tale. It also saved HW from having to find logical answers to skeleton spectres for C 18th readers.
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