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Dracula, prince of many faces : his life and his times

Author: Radu Florescu; Raymond T McNally
Publisher: Boston, MA : Little, Brown, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From Publishers Weekly: The fictional Dracula of Bram Stoker's novel is better known than the actual Vlad Dracula the Impaler, who ruled as prince of Wallachia for three brief periods in the mid-15th century. This study by two Boston College professors who have written other books about Dracula explores how the legend of the Transylvanian vampire arose. As a ruler, Dracula spread terror far and wide, inflicting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Vlad, Prince of Wallachia; Vlad, Prince of Wallachia; Vlad, Walachei Fürst; Fürst III ) Vlad (Walachei
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Radu Florescu; Raymond T McNally
ISBN: 0316286567 9780316286565 0316286559 9780316286558
OCLC Number: 20012936
Description: xxii, 261 pages [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Note on spelling --
Prologue: From the fictional to the factual --
1: World of the real Dracula --
2: Education of a prince: 1431-1448 --
3: Thorny road to power --
4: Machiavellian ruler at home --
5: Transylvanian terror --
6: Struggle against Mehmed the conqueror --
7: Imprisonment and death --
8: Mystery of the grave --
9: Dracula's descendants --
10: Beyond the grave: the many faces of Dracula --
11: Stoker's Count Dracula, the vampire --
Conclusion: Who was the real Dracula? --
Brief annotated bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Radu R. Florescu, Raymond T. McNally.

Abstract:

From Publishers Weekly: The fictional Dracula of Bram Stoker's novel is better known than the actual Vlad Dracula the Impaler, who ruled as prince of Wallachia for three brief periods in the mid-15th century. This study by two Boston College professors who have written other books about Dracula explores how the legend of the Transylvanian vampire arose. As a ruler, Dracula spread terror far and wide, inflicting appalling tortures on his victims, killing them by impalement, by boiling or skinning them alive. Yet when the time came to defend Europe against Turkish invaders, he led the battle, and the authors view him as "the first modern Renaissance prince of the land.'' Florescu and McNally offer so much detail about the battles of kings, princes, princelings and claimants to thrones that the book will appeal only to the most ardent Dracula fanatics.

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