Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula

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Center of Romanian Studies, 2000 - History - 256 pages
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The fifteenth century Romanian Prince Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, is one of the most fascinating personalities of medieval history. Even within this figure's own lifetime, his true story became obscured by a veil of myths. Vlad has been depicted as a national and Christian hero who bravely fought to defend his native land and all of Europe against the invading Turkish infidels. However, he has also been portrayed as a bloody tyrant -- whose reputation slowly transformed through the ages into the fictional vampire created by Bram Stoker at the end of the nineteenth century. Even in the twentieth century, the true history of Dracula has been obscured by communist and nationalist historiography. This book presents the life and times of this fascinating personality of medieval Europe. The author uses all extant Romanian, Turkish, Russian and German sources to reconstruct the history of this famous Prince who, despite his short reign, created a name for himself in the

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Review: Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula

User Review  - Zach Peffer - Goodreads

This is the definitive book if you wish to research Vlad. It does something very, very few books do and does not mention the Stoker invention of Dracula. The language is clear and easy to follow even ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kelli - Goodreads

I enjoyed this book. It was very informative on the economic and political variables affecting the region during Vlad's time. I was not familiar with a lot of the clashes between Orthodoxy and ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
7
The Political Structure of Wallachia
63
Dracula and the Church
87
Copyright

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Treptow is with the Univ. of Iasi, Romania

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