So who was Dracula? In his 1897 Gothic horror novel and vampire fantasy, Bram Stocker introduced Count Dracula as novel character. Before writing Dracula, Stoker spent seven years researching European folklore and stories of vampires, being most influenced by Emily Gerard’s 1885 essay “Transylvania Superstitions” which included content about a vampire myth.

The great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker is writing the first authorised prequel to his famous novel.

Vlad the ImpallerNow primarily known as the name of a mythological vampire, the name Dracul was for centuries known as the sobriquet of Vlad III. Diplomatic reports and popular stories referred to him as Dracula, Dracuglia, or Drakula the name having had its origin in the Romanian sobriquet of his father, Vlad Dracul (“Vlad the Dragon”), who received it after he became a member of the Order of the Dragon, awarded to him by King Sigismund of Hungary.

Though born in Sighisoara as son of Vlad II Dracul, Vlad the Impaller as he remained in history, had little to do with Transylvania and with the so called “Dracula Castle“. He was Voivode of Wallachia and a model of authoritarian leader, a true defender of Christianity, a great warrior, and a brilliant politician. He is known for his extreme cruelty displayed in punishing enemies, traitors and criminals.

Dracula basically means “the son of Dracul (or the Dragon)”.
In modern Romanian language, dracul means “the devil”, which contributed to Vlad’s bad reputation.

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Castelul Poenari

Once an important fortress and stronghold, the Poenari Castle is virtually unknown to the tourists, despite the strong ties it holds to Vlad Dracula. Known as Poenari Castle, the fortress stands on a cliff overlooking the Arges River, in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. Its location makes is accessible to only those tourists who …

Halloween with Dracula

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