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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...
How Researching the Life of Dracula Changed My Life

How Researching the Life of Dracula Changed My Life

by Kyle B. Stiff 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...
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...