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Some Thoughts on Michael the Brave

Michael the Brave – the First Union of the Romanian Lands December 1, 2018, will mark the 100th anniversary of the great union of the Romanian lands to form modern Romania. As this commemoration of this great achievement in the history of the Romanian people is commemorated, it is fitting to reflect on the first […]

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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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Vasile Lupu – Prince of Moldavia, Patron of the Arts

Vasile Lupu – Echoes of Byzantium One of the most significant rulers of Moldavia during the seventeenth century, Vasile Lupu (1634-1653) was a court official who attained the throne of as a result of a revolt by native boyars against Greek officials who had gained significant influence in the Romanian principality during the period of […]

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

The Ottoman Campaign against Vlad III Dracula 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 […]

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