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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… 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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