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Bungay Castle: A Novel

Elizabeth Bonhote

Book Overview: 

Bungay Castle is a gothic novel by Elizabeth Bonhôte. It follows the fortunes of the De Morney family at Bungay Castle in Suffolk. Two young members of the family, Roseline and Edwin, search for the source of strange, unearthly cries and discover a terrifying secret in the castle's bowels which will change their lives forever. The story combines the classic Gothic tropes of mystery, betrayal and a heroine in peril in suitably imposing surroundings and has been praised in modern times for its proto-feminist sensibility. The young women in the story keep their fates in their own hands, rather than wait for some dashing hero to come to the rescue. (Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ld have occupied all my thoughts and wishes."

Edwin threw himself at the feet of Madeline. His raptures were now as unbounded as the conflict had been severe; and not till she sunk fainting into the arms of her friend, could he be persuaded to quit their apartment.

Happy was it for the party that Roseline had not only a greater share of prudence and understanding that most of her sex, but likewise more fortitude than is usually their portion. She soon recovered, her friend soothed her into some degree of composure, and endeavoured to inspire her with hopes that some plan might be adopted which would remove those difficulties that threatened to divide two hearts love had united, and which appeared formed by nature to make each other happy. Roseline well knew her father would not only be displeased, but shocked, if he discovered this unfortunate attachment, and she blamed herself for having been the innocent cause of involving tw. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Part melodramatic novel and part moral ramblings, Bungay Castle reads painfully slow for a novel so short. Halfway through the maw of life lessons I realized I had very little clue what the point of the story actually was. Never fear for others in this predicament. Editor Curt Herr has not developed

Bungay Castle by Elizabeth Bonhote is a literary artifact of the 1790s. This was a time when London was obsessed with reading Gothic novels by Horace Walpole, Clara Reeve, Ann Radcliffe and their numerous imitators. Minerva Press was a major publisher of all things Gothic and they added Bonhote’s no

What distinguishes this Gothic novel from great many of this genre is its predominant romrntic aspect. I've read several good Gothic romence novels, but "Bungay Castle" is by far the oldest written and most romantic. Sometimes it is a family secret and not ghosts and scary monsters that makes a good

I bought this book about a month after it came out and I bought it at the little tea shop at Bungay Castle itself, in June 2006. I was in England and visiting my friend and his family in Bungay, Suffolk - they were visiting England too, as his parents lived and worked there.

That weekend around mids

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