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Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times Kindle Edition
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What fiction and legend, however, do not record is that to this day Vlad Drăcul is remembered as a hero in his native Romania, a just albeit cruel ruler who destroyed the power of the boyar aristocracy, a fierce warrior who fought the encroaching Ottoman Empire, a religious crusader who fought for Christianity against the Islamic East - not quite a Romanian Robin Hood, but close. His sobriquet 'the Impaler' was first coined by Ottoman historians, and many of the worst stories about him were originally circulated as a form of early political propaganda.
That said, just because it was propaganda doesn't mean it wasn't all true. Reading this biography, one can see why that real-life medieval prince gave rise to the legend of Dracula, born on the backs of stories carried by German monks fleeing the persecution and massacres of Vlad's three brief reigns. Vlad himself was every bit as monstrous and bloodthirsty as 'Count Dracula', perhaps even worse. The murders, tortures, wholesale massacres, the impaling, dismembering, the whole panoply of the worst horrors the medieval mind could envisage, all are far more horrifying than a mere vampire.
This was a fascinating read, albeit truly chilling and nauseating in places.Read more ›
This is a relatively short book, but is enough at around 240 pages, you get a detailed account of Vlads parentage, in that of Dracul. The authors explain very well how he got into power, not once not twice but three times during his lifetime. The authors also go into explaining the political and geopolitical circumstances at the time of the Impaler, and the struggle against the Turks.
The authors also attempt to look into the mind of Vlad and see his intentions in his actions and give a great account of the many atrocities that the man inflicted, to the forest of the impaled that scared away even the sultan, to boiling a gypsy alive in a cauldron and forcing his tribe to eat him.
The authors touch on the fictional side of Dracula, the stories and legends that encircle him, such as the mysterious disappearance of his body in his grave and the curse of Dracula at Castle Dracula. And also tells us about Bram Stokers novel and the inspiration he got from the Impaler to create his notorious blood sucker in the night.
If someone were to ask me to recommend them a book that just wanted the details about Vlad the Impaler and wanted to just know about him, then I would recommend them this book. I am not a historian in any sense and have not read much into Vlad beforehand, but I found this book very interesting and a very good account of history. I would have also read Bram Stokers Dracula beforehand so the last couple of chapters are not wasted on you.
I think in Florescu and McNally's "Dracula, Prince Of Many Faces: His Life And His Times" hits the spot pretty well for an accessible all-rounder.
Florescu's knowledge of Romania ancient and modern help immensely. There's a helpful introduction to terminology and the key character's names in a variety of the main languages used, helpful in understanding the fact, the fiction, the meaning of important words and phrases, locations, and the context of the time. The Pope, the Holy Roman Emperor, the Hungarian Empire, Poland, the countries of Transylvania and Wallachia, the fading Byzantine Empire and the Turkish Empire feature as the political backdrop, and Roman Catholicism, the Eastern Orthodox Church and Islam the religions vying for power.
The authors first follow Bram Stoker's famous fictional pieces (Dracula: Complete, Original Text and Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Tales ) and points out where the stories digress geographically and factually, and then introduce the late Mediaeval setting and Vlad Dracula's family history.Read more ›
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Factually sound, but lacks the ability to maintain reader interest (unfortunately).Published 5 months ago by Adam
Only received it this a.m., but it looks extremely good - can't wait to get into it.Published 11 months ago by Cynthia Rabet
I have learnt so much about the true Dracula reading this book, and the culture of the time he was brought up in . I found it very easy to read and very educational.Published 13 months ago by Moz
Expected better quality for the price.
Not a nice book to buy and keep, a bit like a school text book really. Read more
A good historical read very informative of his life and times. Jumps back and forward with the true facts in places which I found that it made it a bit hard going at times.Published 21 months ago by Steven dines
A very interesting book that helps to separate the fact from fiction about Dracula. His life was very harsh and brutal rather like his rule, and it is easy to see what brought Vlad... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2015 by paddythe bear