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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 degenerated down through the centuries into the fictional vampire of the same name created by the Irish author Bram Stoker at the end of the nineteenth century – while others see him as a national and Christian hero who bravely fought to defend both his native land and all of Europe against the Islamic threat posed by the Ottoman Turks.

Vlad – a Victim of Fake News

The printing press had first come into use just prior to the beginning of his principal reign, allowing information to be more widely disseminated throughout the continent. This created a public appetite for sensational stories and one might argue made Vlad one of the earliest victims of “fake news.” A series of pamphlets circulated throughout Europe, already during his lifetime, intended to tarnish the reputation of the Wallachian prince, who had bravely confronted the Ottoman threat. This served to create a justification as to why the Hungarian king diverted funds received from the Pope to finance a new Christian crusade against the Turks to other purposes. This is just one of the mysteries explored in the many studies contained in this volume.

New Book on Vlad the Impaler

This book includes a wide range of studies on the life and times of Vlad III Dracula by leading historians and scholars from around the world. It presents a diversity of viewpoints. This allows the reader to understand the different historical perspectives with which Vlad is viewed in modern historiography. It also includes a wealth of supplementary materials, essential for anyone interested in learning about the life of Vlad the Impaler: translations of important documents concerning his reign; a genealogy of the family of Vlad the Impaler, translations from Turkish and Byzantine chronicles referring to the controversial Wallachian prince; a chronology, and an extensive bibliography of works on the life and times of Vlad the Impaler.

Dracula: Essays on the Life and Times of Vlad the Impaler penetrates behind the myths surrounding the real Dracula and uncovers the true story of this legendary historical figure.

About the Authors

This collection of studies is edited by Dr. Kurt W. Treptow, author of one of the finest monographs on the subject: Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula. This volume includes works by leading American, British, and Romanian scholars on Vlad the Impaler, including Constantin C. Giurescu, Veniamin Ciobanu, Matei Cazacu, Kurt W, Treptow, Radu R. Florescu, Raymond T. McNally, Ștefan Andreescu, Eric D. Tappe, Grigore Nandriș, Alexandru Duțu, David Prodan, Nicolae Stoicescu, Anton Balotă, P.P. Panaitescu, George D. Florescu, and Constantin Rezachevici.

Dracula: Essays on the Life and Times of Vlad the Impaler is available from major booksellers, on Amazon.com and at HistriaBooks.com. Order today!

3 responses to “Dracula: Essays on the Life and Times of Vlad the Impaler”

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  2. JDM says:

    Just received this book and it is loaded with information. A great addition to my library!

  3. Alexpaymn says:

    I’m a history professor who’s teaching a course on Dracula next semester. I’ve already ordered Florescu’s Prince of Many Faces and McNally’s In Search of Dracula as required reading. I’ve attempted to read everything in English on Dracula. I then found Treptow. From the very first page he avoids the tendency to sensionalize Vlad III. He avoids using documents that are suspicious, like other historians. He tells us how he came to the conclusion that they are not trustworthy. He attemps to set Vlad’s action within their proper context. When I finished the book, I knew that I had read the best biography on Dracula now in existence.

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