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DRACULA’S POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY IN HIS OWN WORDS

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… A great source to improve your knowledge is Dracula: Essays on the Life and Times of Vlad the Impaler available on Amazon.com and at […]

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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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Bran Castle and Dracula – The True Story

Today a museum of medieval history, the picturesque Bran Castle is one of Romania’s most frequented tourist attractions. Because it fits so well the expectations of admirers of Bram Stoker’s famous novel, visitors from around the world are easily deceived into believing that it is Dracula’s castle. While it has a rich history, the truth […]

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How Dracula Established the Independence of the Orthodox Church in Wallachia

Posted by on Friday, June 8th, 2018 in Dracula History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History, Romanian History

Dracula’s relationship with the Orthodox Church is one of the least known but most significant aspects of his reign as Prince of Wallachia (1456-1462). In the aftermath of the fall of Byzantium to the Ottoman Turks in 1453, Vlad the Impaler changed the traditional practice whereby the Patriarch of Constantinople named Metropolitan of the Wallachian […]

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Mircea the Old: Father of Wallachia, Grandfather of Dracula

Posted by on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 in Dracula History, Fifteenth Century, Fourteenth Century, Romanian History

Mircea the Old, one of the greatest leaders in Romanian history, comes to life in this beautiful new book. Although his grandson, Vlad the Impaler, better known as Dracula, has acquired much greater international fame, Mircea the Old was the most significant ruler to sit on the throne of the small principality of Wallachia during […]

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