An important breakthrough: the Malaspina Archive of Godiasco

An important breakthrough has been made by the Auramala Project, which may lead to proof of Edward II’s presence in the Staffora Valley, Italy.

The Staffora Valley is dominated by Oramala Castle, and the lords of Oramala Castle (which lends its name to the novel ‘Towards Auramala’) in medieval times were the powerful Malaspina Family. Their vast family archive, dating back to two centuries before the time of Edward II, has long been the private property of the family heirs, and closed to scholars. Now, however, the Town Council of the nearby town of Godico has bought the archive with the intention of making it accessible to the general public. Godiasco Town Council has given the scholars of The Auramala Project exclusive permission to open the archive and be the first to study the precious documents in depth.

 

Godiasco in the Staffora Valley
Godiasco in the Staffora Valley

 

Whilst we have already explained why the Archives of Vercelli may prove invaluable to the Project, the Malaspina Archive is every bit as exciting, because it has been the main depository for documents deriving from the Staffora Valley itself, where Edward II is believed to have lived, throughout the last thousand years. Given the close proximity to the places described in the Fieschi Letter, is it not likely that one of these documents will finally reveal the truth?

The collaboration between Godiasco Town Council and The Auramala Project was recently announced on La Provincia Pavese, the newspaper of the Province of Pavia, on April 17.

From: La Provincia Pavese, April 17, 2013

The Project and Godiasco
“The Malaspina Archive Will clarify the mystery of Edward II”

Godiasco – Did Edward II of England live near Oramala? ‘Towards Auramala’, by the Australian Ivan Fowler, is an historical adventure novel set in the shadow of Oramala Castle and based on the mystery of King Edward II’s presence in the Staffora Valley. The novel constitutes the first phase in a highly ambitious initiative, The Auramala Project, which aims to contribute to the resolution of this controversial medieval mystery. To this end, the Cultural Association ‘The World of Tels’ will work closely with Godiasco Town Council with a view to examining the Malaspina Archive of Godiasco which, with its treasure trove of as-yet unexplored documents, could well have great surprises in store for us. Godiasco Town Council, which is currently mapping out its future efforts with The Auramala Project, takes inspiration from the Anglo-Italian historical diatribe concerning the fate of Edward II, and has the goal of demonstrating that th King was not assassinated in Berkeley Castle, England, (as upheld by traditional history) but fled to the Staffora Valley in disguise, where he lived out the rest of his days as a hermit.

“This project, which is developing at an international level, may give a significant boost to local niche tourism,” explains Monica Masanta, local council member responsible for Culture and Tourism, “making the Staffora Valley attractive through means comparable to those which have made Tuscany a traditional tourism Mecca for Anglo-Saxons. At the moment, the archive is closed, but when it is opened many documents from the Middle Ages will come to light.” And so, over the next few weeks, research will begin among the codices and manuscripts of the Malaspina Archive of Godiasco, seeking out the final proof that Edward II was in fact present in the Staffora Valley.

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Un incredibile colpo di scena: l’Archivio Malaspina di Godiasco

Un notevole sviluppo per The Auramala Project che potrebbe condurre alla prova definitiva della presenza di Edoardo II in Valle Staffora.

La Valle Staffora è sovrastata dal castello di Oramala, e i signori di Oramala (il cui nome è stato preso in prestito per il titolo del romanzo) in epoca medievale furono la potente famiglia Malaspina. Il loro immenso archivio famigliare che risale a circa 2 secoli prima della compara di Edoardo II, è stato per lungo tempo di proprietà esclusiva degli eredi della famiglia e chiuso agli studiosi.

Adesso l’Amministrazione Comunale della vicina cittadina di Godiasco ha acquistato l’archivio con l’intento di renderlo accessibile ad un pubblico più ampio. L’Amministrazione di Godiasco ha concesso agli studiosi di The Auramala Project il permesso esclusivo di aprire l’archivio e di essere i i primi a poterne studiare i suoi preziosi documenti.

Così come gli archivi di Vercelli potrebbero fornire una prova di inestimabile valore al progetto, allo stesso modo gli Archivi Malaspina rendono la ricerca ancora più eccitante dato che sono stati negli ultimi secoli il principale punto di raccolta di tutti i documenti che arrivavano dalla Valle Staffora dove si crede Edoardo II abbia vissuto.

Data l’estrema vicinanza con i luoghi citati nella Lettera Fieschi, possiamo forse presumere che lì ci sia finalmente ciò che stiamo cercando e che ci dirà la verità?

La collaborazione tra l’Amministrazione Comunale di Godiasco e The Auramala Project è stata recentemente resa pubblica anche attraverso il quotidiano locale, La Provincia Pavese il 17 Aprile

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