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Vlad III Dracula : the life and times of the historical Dracula
Treptow, Kurt W.
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Portland, Oregon : Center of Romanian Studies, 2000.
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256 pages : illustrations ; 23.
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DR240.5.V553 T76 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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. He has been portrayed both as a bloody tyrant -- who degenerated down throughout the centuries into the fictional vampire of the same name created by Bram Stoker at the end of the nineteenth century -- and as a national and Christian hero who bravely fought to defend his native land and all of Europe against the invading Turkish infidels. Even in the twentieth century, the true history of Dracula has been obscured by communist and nationalist historiography. This book studies the life and times of this enigmatic figure of medieval history, providing the reader with a better understanding of his personality, as well as the times in which he lived. The author also discusses the development of the myth of Dracula.

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Kurt W. Treptow, is a noted specialist on East European history. He received his Ph. D. at the University of Illinois and is presently Director of the Center for Romanian Studies in Iasi, Romania

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The subject of this book has been a controversial figure. In his own time he was regarded as a bloody tyrant famous for impaling his enemies; in the 19th century Bram Stoker transformed him into the bloodthirsty vampire of Transylvania; and in the 20th, nationalists and Marxists alike used him for their own purposes. There have been previous sober, scholarly studies of Vlad, but not many. See, for example, Radu Florescu and Raymond T. McNally, Dracula: A Biography of Vlad the Impaler, 1431-1476 (1973). Treptow's brief study, however, represents a serious and balanced reappraisal of this enigmatic figure. Treptow, now director of the Center for Romanian Studies in Iasi, Romania, has reexamined the available sources to present a clear picture of an ambitious, clever, and capable political leader caught between the great powers of the region, the Ottoman Turks and Hungary. His prose is without the flamboyant assertions and interpretations that have characterized much previous work on Prince Vlad III, and he has appended excerpts of his sources in translation. Most of his conclusions are likely to become standard, though some may feel his generally neutral portrait of Vlad as merely a man of his times may give Dracula too much the benefit of the doubt. Accessible to general readers and specialists alike. P. W. Knoll; University of Southern California

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Chapter I Prologuep. 15
Chapter II The Principality of Wallachiap. 19
Chapter III Wallachia before 1456: The Threat Posed by Ottoman Expansionp. 29
Chapter IV The Political Structure of Wallachia in the mid-Fifteenth Centuryp. 63
Chapter V Vlad's Relations with the Boyarsp. 73
Chapter VI Dracula and the Churchp. 87
Chapter VII Vlad III Dracula's Foreign Relations, 1456-1461p. 93
Chapter VIII The War with the Ottomans, 1461-1462p. 121
Chapter IX Epilogue: The Imprisonment and Final Reign of Draculap. 157
Conclusionp. 167
Appendix I Selected Documents and Letters concerning Vlad III Draculap. 179
Appendix II Ottoman Chronicles concerning Vlad III Draculap. 190
Appendix III Extracts from the Chronicle of Laonic Chalkondyles concerning Vlad III Draculap. 206
Appendix IV The German Stories about Vlad III Draculap. 216
Appendix V Extract from the Chronicle of Antonius Bonfiniusp. 224
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 249
Map of Fifteenth Century Wallachiap. 72