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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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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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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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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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