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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...
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...