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Nicolae Iorga, A History of Romania

Posted by on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 in East European History, Romanian History

Nicolae Iorga’s A History of Romania: Land, People, Civilization is not a typical historical account of a nation’s past, reciting dates, personalities, and events. Rather, it is an intimate portrait of a land and its people written by its greatest historian. Much like Herodotus in antiquity, Iorga can be considered “the father of history” for […]

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Dracula and Vampires in Romania

Posted by on Monday, October 29th, 2018 in Dracula History, Dracula Literature, Religion and Literature

The Dracula Myth For better or worse, Romania has been associated in popular imagination internationally with vampires. This is largely due to the nineteenth century gothic novel by Bram Stoker, whose main character, a vampire named Dracula, has become associated with the historical prince of the Romanian land known as Wallachia, Vlad the Impaler. Although […]

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John Reed: An American Journalist in Romania during World War I

Posted by on Sunday, October 14th, 2018 in East European History, Romanian History, World War I

John Reed in Romania In 1915, American journalist John Reed travelled to Eastern Europe to cover the World War for Metropolitan Magazine. He had already established a name for himself through his vivid first-hand descriptions of the revolution in Mexico, in which he recounted his daring exploits while riding along with the legendary Pancho Villa. […]

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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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How Dracula Established the Independence of the Orthodox Church in Wallachia

Posted by on Friday, June 8th, 2018 in Dracula History, Fifteenth Century, Medieval History, Romanian History

Dracula’s relationship with the Orthodox Church is one of the least known but most significant aspects of his reign as Prince of Wallachia (1456-1462). In the aftermath of the fall of Byzantium to the Ottoman Turks in 1453, Vlad the Impaler changed the traditional practice whereby the Patriarch of Constantinople named Metropolitan of the Wallachian […]

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Vlad the Sad Prince: A Coloring Book for Adults

Posted by on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 in Dracula Literature

What happens when a comedy writer with a longtime fandom of vampire lore and history discovers that his birthday marks the same date as the unification of Romania? He makes a coloring book to celebrate! And not just any coloring book, but a Vlad the Impaler coloring book. But why is Vlad so sad? Vlad […]

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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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