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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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Sheik Bedreddin, Ottoman Revolutionary

Posted by on Sunday, September 9th, 2018 in East European History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History, Ottoman Empire

Sheik Bedreddin and the Ottoman Civil War Educated at such important Islamic centers of learning as Konya, Cairo, and Mecca, Sheik Bedreddin Mahmud stood at the forefront of a revolutionary religious and social movement during the period of Ottoman Civil War that followed the defeat of Sultan Bayzeid I by Tamerlane at the battle of […]

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John Hunyadi and the Defense of Belgrade, 1456

Posted by on Monday, August 20th, 2018 in East European History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History, Ottoman Empire

John Hunyadi Athlete of Christ Together with the Albanian hero George Castriota Scanderbeg, John Hunyadi, voivode of Transylvania and royal governor Hungary is considered the greatest defender of Christendom during the mid-fifteenth century. Born to a small noble family in Transylvania, Hunyadi began his career under Sigismund of Luxemburg, king of Hungary (1387-1437). Through his […]

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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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Tamerlane and the Ottoman Defeat at the Battle of Ankara

Posted by on Sunday, August 12th, 2018 in East European History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History, Ottoman Empire

The Significance of the Battle of Ankara The Battle of Ankara in 1402 halted the Ottoman advance into Europe and improved the bleak prospects for the Byzantine Empire. The fall of Constantinople to the enemies of Christendom seemed almost certain until unexpected catastrophe for the Turks occurred on the plains of Anatolia. The defeat of […]

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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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The Battle of Nicopolis, September 25, 1396

Sigismund of Luxemburg organizes a grand effort to drive the Turks from Europe The battle of Nicopolis marked the end of one of the last great efforts of Christendom to organize an offensive to drive the Ottomans from Europe. The Islamic peril had grown in alarming proportions during the second half of the fourteenth century. […]

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Knights Templar in Wallachia under Basarab

Posted by on Sunday, July 8th, 2018 in East European History, Medieval History, Romanian History

The Demise of the Knights Templar Contrary to popular belief, the Knights Templar did not suddenly disappear from history when French King Philip IV ordered the arrest of Templars throughout France on Friday, October 13, 1307. While many attribute the superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th to have their origins in this tumultuous event, the Poor […]

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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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