Did you hear about Dracula?
October 1, 2006 7:44am CST
That's a legend which could be interesting for you!
27 Dec 06
Because i am a romanian and i live in the country of Dracula, i have heard of it. I post here some dates taken from wikipedia the encyclopedy. Following the publication of In Search of Dracula by Radu Florescu and Raymond McNally in 1972, the supposed connections between the historical Transylvanian-born Vlad III Dracula of Wallachia and Bram Stoker's fictional Dracula attracted popular attention. During the six-year reign of Vlad III (1456–1462), "Vlad the Impaler" is said to have killed from 20,000 to 40,000 European civilians (political rivals, criminals, and anyone else he considered "useless to humanity"), mainly by using his favourite method of impaling them on a sharp pole. (It should be noted, however, that the main sources dealing with these events are records by Saxon settlers in neighboring Transylvania, who had frequent clashes with Vlad for political and economic reasons and may have been somewhat biased.) Vlad is revered as a folk hero by Romanians for driving off invading Turks with his brutal tactics. His impaled victims are said to have included as many as 100,000 Turkish Muslims. Historically, the name "Dracula" is derived from a secret fraternal order of knights called the Order of the Dragon, founded by Sigismund of Luxembourg (king of Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, and Holy Roman Emperor) to uphold Christianity and defend the Empire against the Ottoman Turks. Vlad II Dracul, father of Vlad III, was admitted to the order around 1431 because of his bravery in fighting the Turks. From 1431 onward, Vlad II wore the emblem of the order and later, as ruler of Wallachia, his coinage bore the dragon symbol. Either because the people believed the dragon to represent the devil, or of the fact that the Romanian archaic word for dragon was "drac" (see Dacian Draco), his subjects called him Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Devil). In archaic Romanian the ending -ulea meant "the son of". Vlad III thus became Vlad Draculea, "The Son of the Devil" (or "of the Dragon") . Hope this information helped you a little. Good luck!
7 Dec 06
Then I also think you know about Transylvanian Society of Dracula, a non-profit, non-political world-wide group, is a historical-cultural organization with headquarters in Bucharest, Romania? It was founded in 1991, following the fall of Communism, to promote contacts between scholars in Romania and the West and to encourage Dracula tourism based on educational objectives.
7 Dec 06
So did you know also that there was a Transylvanian nobleman who fighted the Otomans invaders into Europe. His name was Vlad Dracul and he used to impale defeated enemies on sharpened poles. His name was Vlad The Impaler and his bloodthirsty exploits may have led him to being linked with the legends of blood- drinking vampires! That's the Dracula as a real person and the Stocker's Dracula.
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7 Dec 06
i love the story of dracula, vlad the impaler , its all very intrieguing. (sp) sorry i suck at spelling certain words. I almost went on a vacation to draculas castle one year. it was cheap to go and they let you stay at the castle for a couple nights. i would have loved that. wow
23 Jan 07
of course i have ..i am from Romania...you know transilvania... where the legend of dracula was "born"... i actually know that dracula was the nick name of a cruel man called Vlad Tepes.. he used to kill a lot of people and leave then lying there in the blood.. from here it started all the stroy about vampires that suck blood... a have to say i like this legend..but it is only that ..a legend and nothing more:P
27 Dec 06
YES I HERD ABOT DRACULA 'S LEGEND ...AND I HOPE U ALL KNOW IT IS JUST A MITH ....BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT IDEA IS THAT HE WAS BUILT VERY NICE/INTERESTING/IMPRESING ..AND VLAD TEPES WAS AND IT HAS REMAINED THROUGH HISTORY A VERY IMPORTANT MEN IN ROMANIAN HISTORY ..AND IT WORT GOING AND VISIT THE PLACE WHERE HE LIVED .....
7 Dec 06
Yes, the Stocker's dracula. But Stoker did not make up the name "Dracula". There was a Dracula in the 15th century: Vlad the Impaler. Stoker didn't know much about him (most probably) but he came across his name in a book he was researching entitled AN ACCOUNT OF THE PRINCIPALITIES OF WALLACHIA AND MOLDAVIA (1820). This book has a very short section on a "Voivode Dracula" who fought against the Turks. What attracted Stoker to the name "Dracula" was a footnote by Wilkinson which stated that "Dracula in the Wallachian language means devil". Not quite accurate, but that is what Stoker saw and copied into his notes. He was originally going to call his vampire "Count Wampyr" but changed it to "Count Dracula." This change is clearly made in Stoker's own notes for DRACULA which are located at the Rosenbach Museum in philadelphia. The real Dracula (about whom we know much more than Stoker ever did) was NOT a Count, nor was he a vampire (or ever associated with vampires). The two Draculas have become greatly confused in many people's minds.