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Dracula and Vampires in Romania

Posted by on Monday, October 29th, 2018 in Dracula History, Dracula Literature, Religion and Literature

The Dracula Myth For better or worse, Romania has been associated in popular imagination internationally with vampires. This is largely due to the nineteenth century gothic novel by Bram Stoker, whose main character, a vampire named Dracula, has become associated with the historical prince of the Romanian land known as Wallachia, Vlad the Impaler. Although […]

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Vlad III Dracula’s First Reign

Setting the Stage for Dracula’s First Reign Vlad III Dracula was a mere boy of approximately seventeen when he first seized the throne of Wallachia. After having grown up at his father’s court and subsequently spending time as a hostage at the Ottoman Porte, Vlad III Dracula’s first opportunity to claim his inheritance came in […]

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Dracula, Cesare Borgia, and Machiavelli’s The Prince

Posted by on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 in Dracula History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History, Romanian History

Niccolò Machiavelli in his famous work, The Prince, considers Cesare Borgia as a compelling example for princes to follow if they wish to learn to strengthen their principalities. Although there is no evidence that Machiavelli knew much about the career of the prince of Wallachia, known as Vlad III Dracula, he could also easily have […]

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THE PRINCE Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler [Vlad Țepeș] is well-known for his stern sense of justice and for employing harsh forms of punishment. Vlad was not an innovator in this sense, but, for a variety of reasons we will not dwell on here, he became forever associated with the use […]

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Meet Dracula’s Uncle: Alexander Aldea

Alexander Aldea: The Accidental Prince One of the least-known personalities involved in the story of the historical Dracula is his uncle, Alexander Aldea. A son of Mircea the Old, Alexander Aldea ruled Wallachia from 1431 to 1436. Alexander Aldea’s rise to power came quite unexpectedly. He had faithfully served as a territorial governor under his […]

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Take the Dracula Chronicle Challenge!

Posted by on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 in Dracula History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History

Test your Vlad the Impaler knowledge! Share your results and comment below! The Dracula Chronicle is a site dedicated to East European history and culture, as well as all things Dracula… [os-widget path=”/draculachronicle/test-your-vlad-the-impaler-knowledge”] A great source to improve your knowledge is Dracula: Essays on the Life and Times of Vlad the Impaler available on Amazon.com […]

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Dracula: Essays on the Life and Times of Vlad the Impaler

The Myths Surrounding Dracula Dracula – the fifteenth century Romanian prince, also known as Vlad the Impaler [Țepeș], is one of the most fascinating personalities of medieval history. Even during his own lifetime, his true story became obscured behind a veil of myths. As a result, some have portrayed as a bloodthirsty tyrant – which […]

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St. George and the Dragon

St. George and the Dragon The name Dracula is derived from the Order of the Dragon which is linked to the legend of St. George and the Dragon, one of the most iconic tales in Christian literature. The story goes that St. George came across a beautiful princess named Cleodolinda who was about to be […]

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Dracula’s Night Raid on the Sultan’s Camp

“One of the most interesting episodes in the military history of the Ottomans” After crossing the Danube on 4 June, the Sultan proceeded northwards, in the direction of Târgoviște, the capital of Wallachia at that time. Before reaching it, Dracula’s night raid on the Sultan’s camp occurred on the night of June 16-17, 1462. One […]

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The Islamic Assault on Wallachia and Vlad III Dracula in the Summer of 1462

On June 4, 1462, Sultan Mehmed II began crossing the Danube at Nikopolis and entered Wallachia with an army of approximately 60,000 to 70,000 men, intending to remove Vlad III Dracula from the throne. According to the Serbian janissary, Konstantin Mihailović, who participated in this campaign, when the Sultan reached Nikopolis, “on the far side […]

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