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Dracula’s Night Raid on the Sultan’s Camp

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 made his famous night attack on the Sultan’s camp on the night of June 16-17, 1462. One of the key moments in Dracula’s wars with the Ottoman Empire […]

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The Ottoman Invasion of Italy and the Albanian Rebellion, 1480-1481

Posted by on Thursday, June 14th, 2018 in Albanian History, East European History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History

The Albanian rebellion of 1481 is a little-known chapter in history, but one of vital importance that saved Rome from suffering the same fate as Byzantium. Having conquered Constantinople and having finally subdued Albania after the long and fierce resistance by the Albanian people led by George Castriota Scanderbeg, Mehmed II next set his sights […]

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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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The League of Alessio and the Albanian Resistance led by Scanderbeg, March 2, 1444

When George Castriota Scanderbeg raised the flag of revolt against Ottoman rule and seized his family fortress at Coya [Krujë] in November 1443, he realized the difficulty Albaians faced in defending their homeland. As one who had been a hostage at the Ottoman court and served in the Sultan’s army, he knew lack of political […]

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Aspects of the Ottoman Campaign against Vlad III Dracula in 1462 by Kurt W. Treptow

The best documented part of Vlad III Dracula’s stormy reign as prince of Wallachia from 1456 to 1462 is his war against the Ottoman Turks which began late in 1461 and ended with the campaign against the rebellious prince, led by Sultan Mehmed II, in the summer of 1462. Despite the relative abundance of sources […]

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