Saturday, November 18, 2006

Castle of Ill-Fated Romance? Tom & Kate Think Not ...

The news is buzzing today about the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes...I personally could care less, but the castle where they exchanged their vows has a darker history. Yahoo! News
says that Odescalchi Castle is haunted by the ghost of a De Medici duchess.

The castle was built for the wealthy Orsini family in the 15th century. According to the story it has been haunted for some 400 years by the ghost of Isabella dei Medici. Isabella was murdered by her much older husband Paolo Giordano i Orsini. Her husband learned that his young wife had had a succession of lovers who were spirited into her sleeping chamber through a secret door. The Duke strangled the Duchess with the help of four accomplices. And, if you think that’s dark read on!

The gruesome tale also goes that before Isabella was strangled, she had a habit of punishing unsatisfactory lovers by leading them through a dark passageway and pushing them into a pit lined with spikes! Pretty dark, medieval stuff, huh?

Several famous couples who exchanged their vows at the Odescalchi Castle were Tyrone Power and Linda Christian in 1949 and Martin Scorsese and Isabella Rossellini, who wed there in 1979. But these relationships all ended in divorce. However, there is a bright side, CNN star correspondent Christiane Amanpour and former US State Department spokeman James Rubin, who traded vows at the castle in 1998, are still together. For the time being ...

Sabrina Luna
Spicy Romance with a Touch of Magick


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