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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 Islamic Assault on Wallachia and Vlad III Dracula in the Summer of 1462

Posted by on Friday, June 15th, 2018 in Dracula History, Fifteenth Century

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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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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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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550th Anniversary of the Death of the Great Albanian National Hero George Castriota Scanderbeg

Posted by on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 in Albanian History, Fifteenth Century

The struggle of the Albanian people led by George Castriota Scanderbeg to defend Europe against the assault of the Ottoman Turks has been much celebrated. For a quarter of a century, from 1443 until his death in 1468, he used his military prowess to thwart the efforts of the most powerful Empire in the world […]

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Dracula and the Turks: The Wars of 1461-1462, Video Presentation

Posted by on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 in Dracula History, Fifteenth Century
The most famous episode of his reign as prince of Wallachia was Vlad the Impaler's war against the Ottoman Empire. Click below to view the video. For more on the Ottoman campaign against Wallachia in the summer of 1462 click here. Read More

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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Another Dracula Book? Dracula’s Mistress by Carmen Ștefănescu

Posted by on Friday, May 11th, 2018 in Dracula Literature

Have you ever thought that the blood of someone famous, whose name inspires, even nowadays, a feeling of admiration, or unease, or dread, may be flowing through your veins? No? I must admit that I hadn’t either, until I wrote the novel Dracula’s Mistress and, come to think of it, Dracula’s blood may flow through […]

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How Researching the Life of Dracula Changed My Life, by Kyle B. Stiff

Posted by on Friday, May 11th, 2018 in Dracula Literature

Researching the life of Dracula changed my life. There’s nothing quite so humbling as finding out that your knowledge of history is based on movies and television, especially when you live under the illusion of being informed… unlike those other people! I was forced to confront my own ignorance when I decided to research the […]

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