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Vasile Lupu – Prince of Moldavia

Vasile Lupu – Prince of Moldavia

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...
Vlad III Dracula’s First Reign

Vlad III Dracula’s First Reign

Setting the Stage for the First Reign of Vlad III Dracula After having grown up at his father’s court and subsequently spent time as a hostage at the Porte, Vlad III Dracula’s first opportunity to claim the throne of his father came in the fall of 1448, less...
Dracula, Cesare Borgia, and Machiavelli’s The Prince

Dracula, Cesare Borgia, and Machiavelli’s The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli in his famous work, The Prince, considers Cesare Borgia to be 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...
Aspects of the Ottoman Campaign against Vlad III Dracula in 1462

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...
Meet Dracula’s Uncle: Alexandru Aldea

Meet Dracula’s Uncle: Alexandru 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 II Aldea ruled Wallachia from 1431 to 1436. Just before Alexander II came to...
Bran Castle and Dracula – The True Story

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...