Vlad the Impaler

Vlad the Impaler

In Search of the Real Dracula

Book - 2004
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It seems strange that it was the invention of the printing press which ensured that the reputation, stories and myths about Vlad the Impaler were spread throughout Europe in the mid-15th century. In 1463 a political pamphlet was printed in Austria entitled The Story of a Bloodthirsty Madman Called Dracula of Wallachia'. But was Vlad really the son of the Devil, a maniacal and bloodthirsty murderer, or merely an ambitious, albeit cruel, count and warlord? In this book, Trow examines the sources for Vlad's deeds and reputation, including Romanian sources and folktales, Russian narratives and official documents from his court. Taking us on a journey from mid-15th century history, to the Dracula myths of the 18th and 19th centuries, from Bram Stoker's literary creation, to the Draculaland theme park, this is a great read.
Publisher: Stroud : Sutton, 2004.
ISBN: 9780750935227
0750935227
Branch Call Number: 949.8201 Tro
Characteristics: ix, 294 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 20 cm.

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