Dracula's Wars

Vlad the Impaler and his Rivals
 
 
The History Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 4. Juli 2016
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  • 256 Seiten
 
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The real Dracula was far from Bram Stoker's well-mannered aristocrat. Better known as Vlad the Impaler, he was named for his favoured execution method: running a spear through his victim's lower body, then standing them upright so it skewered their vital organs.

In a world ruled by petty tyrants and constantly at war, the young Dracula was held hostage by the Turks while his father was assassinated and his brother was buried alive. Finally released, Dracula conducted an almighty purge, surrounding his palace with noblemen impaled on stakes. Then he turned his attention to military campaigns against the Turks and Bulgars to consolidate his power.

Yet to Romanians and the Pope he was a hero and liberator, fighting to protect his kingdom and countrymen from invasion in a complex and treacherous time. And, as an initiate in the Order of the Dragon, Dracula also played a vital (if not entirely noble) part in the fight against the Ottoman war machine.

In this full account of Vlad Dracula, James Waterson details the good and the bad of this warlord prince, offering a fascinating insight into the violent end of the Middle Ages.
  • Englisch
  • Stroud
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  • Großbritannien
  • 4,04 MB
978-0-7509-6916-1 (9780750969161)
0750969164 (0750969164)
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James Waterson is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and received his Master's Degree from the University of Dundee. He is the author of The Ismaili Assassins, The Knights of Islam: Wars of the Mamluks, Sacred Swords and Defending Heaven
  • Intro
  • Title
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contents
  • A Note on Transliteration, Titles and Dates
  • Timeline
  • Maps
  • Introduction: Why Dracula?
  • 1 An Ottoman Creation? The Europe into which Vlad Tepes was Born
  • 2 The Dragon's Son: Vlad II Dracul's Deeds and the Youth of Dracula
  • 3 To Catch a Sultan: Dracula's First Reign
  • 4 The Fall: Dracula's Loss of Wallachia
  • 5 Death and Resurrection: Dracula's Return to Power, Murder and Immortalisation
  • 6 Aftermath, History and Myth: The Legacies of Dracula and his Rivals
  • Further Reading
  • Plates
  • Copyright

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