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
November 24, 2009
November 22, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 19, 2009
November 17, 2009
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?