In order to understand Castle Frankenstein and its place in the literary history of Europe, it is necessary to go back to the beginning and look at the foundation on which the castle was built.
Around 500 BC the Roman Empire wasn't the only show in town. The warrior Franks lived and fought in the region known as Bavaria. They went on to capture the land southwest of the Rhine and it became known as Frankland; nowadays we call it France.
Some tribe members took a liking to the mountainous region close to what is now Darmstadt in Germany. They made their home near a former Roman quarry and became Frankensteins or 'stone of the Franks'. So, as history moved on Frankenstein became a fairly important name in the region [The surname is still being used today and there are a few Frankensteins to be found in the phonebook, although it's probably best not to bother them. ] .Continued page 3/9