December 31, 2009
December 29, 2009
Then I got an email, and I published a hub about it.
I got a email in a similar vein from a different email address, so I'll let you read the original email and my response on the hub.
Is there really controversy still?
December 28, 2009
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December 16, 2009
I'm hoping to have a few more volunteers for a guest blog or three come January as well.
You're probably wondering demise of Transylvania?
Demise of Transylvania?
What you? You think demise of Transylvania?
No, I don't but I wanted to point out how much we look at life in terms of the past and not the future, especially when it comes to an area such as Transylvania.
December 13, 2009
December 12, 2009
December 9, 2009
Okay Two things:
1) in Transylvania there was always a large population of Romanians, in many parts they were the majority of the city or town.
2) Define The culture... which one? what era?
If we're referring to say the German population, I suppose then yes there is a demise of the German culture in Transylvania, but I would disagree for the Romanian Hungarian cultures due to their larger population bases in Transylvania.
What are your feelings?
December 7, 2009
But here is the question: Many Romanians called Queen Maria Mama Regina why? And what did they call her husband?
December 5, 2009
December 2, 2009
November 30, 2009
November 28, 2009
There is the ever present question of Dracula... so here's an unlikely link. The birthplace of Vlad Tepes, is the Saxon city of Sighisoara was the birthplace of this famous man. Yet no one seems to know this.
It is Bran Castle which is linked to Vlad Tepes in the novel Dracula ( novel people novel!) yet he never lived in the castle.
November 26, 2009
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November 15, 2009
The map above shows Austria (or as it was called at the time the Empire of Austria, or the Empire of Austro-Hungary) in Gray, yes a bit bigger but this is a map from around 1918. Transylvania borders Romania, and At certain points, Germany and Russia. ( Before 1918, the Ukraine was a part of Russia and Poland was divided between Imperial Germany and Russia, Transylvania was a part of the dual Monarchy.)
November 13, 2009
Simple, a lot, like so many other Balkan provinces before the First World war, the royal families had many links between them. In 1913, there were rumors that Grand Duchess Olga of Russia and Prince Carol of Romania were to be engaged nothing came of that, and Olga would be murdered in 1918.
Carol would eventually marry another woman of Romanov descent, Princess Helen of Greece, whose grandmother was also a Romanov.
As you all know Queen Marie of Romania was a granddaughter of Tsar Alexander II.
November 11, 2009
November 10, 2009
Dacia was the ancient area of Transylvania, and present day Romania, while I'm not entirely certain of the range to the present day Romania, (help is greatly needed) it is interesting to see how much the land was valued back then.
By the Turks, and Mongols, later, but also by the Roman Empire, who wanted Dacia to be a part of the territory to the East of Rome. After many battles, it became a province of the Roman Empire for a time.
According to some books, many of the Roman settlers left, some stayed, and for the most part, the Dacians remained there.
November 9, 2009
November 8, 2009
November 6, 2009
So, why the link between the castle which he never lived in and him? Well.. you can thank Bram Stoker and his novel Dracula. This castle is the "main" castle which Stoker refers to.
Still the question of where: Vlad III, a Prince of Wallachia, was born in Transylvania in 1431. He was a prince of the southern neighbouring land Wallachia, which, is now a part of present day Romania. The reason for his place of birth was simple; his father Vlad II prince of Wallachia was ousted from Wallachia due to the nobility, or boyars, who supported the Ottoman Empire.
November 4, 2009
If This is teh second what is the first?
Did you know about the links in Transylvania? They go back far: in fact it was in the battle of St. Georgen in Transylvania, that King George I of Britain's younger brother Fredrick Augustus died in 1691?
Had he not died, he would have been in in line for the British Throne... if you have this book you can read all about the information on page 274. The place of death is listed as "Siebenburgen, Transylvania"
hmm... I suppose.
November 3, 2009
November 2, 2009
So why did she do what she did?
Why don't we really remember her and associate her name with that of vampires?
October 31, 2009
October 30, 2009
My Aunt is from Timsoara, and she is a Swabian. It's to those who don't know an ethnic German, somewhat like the Saxons, but with a totally different culture and I might add dialect. Rather fun when we all get together, and it's German, Saxon, and Swabian languages in the house..
October 29, 2009
October 28, 2009
Some of teh beutiful building in the city.
October 26, 2009
Bran Castle in Transylvania
October 25, 2009
Elizabeth Bathory's Castle: IS there value in restoring this castle or are the native plants around there more vital? ( They are in some cases endangered.)
One of the ancient castles of Alba Iluia: Would it be better if restored? What if it was the castle that Michael the brave entered in?
October 24, 2009
October 23, 2009
Why are these two so important to people in North America simply put because they have the influcen of our imagination to work with.
October 22, 2009
But not for me....
Peace, nature and beauty.