April 30, 2010

Dracula and the Countess of the Blood: Two "Real" Myths or Both True?

Bathory Castle, the Home of Elizabeth Bathory, also known as

The Blood Countess

Vald Tepes, the man who inspired Dracula.

Dracula: This is a myth that was helped by the novel by the same name. The author Bram Stoker saw his name within a book, and accordingly name his title character Count Dracula what is truly interesting. Vlad Tepes preferred method of killing was to Drive a stake through the body. It is interesting that this piece of information changed to driving a stake through a vampire's heart.
The Countess of the Blood: A Real women, and through family connection has links to Vlad Tepes. She was a serial killer of the highest order, according to records the number of young women of both the peasantry and the lower nobility killed on her orders was 600 or more. She would kill these woman and bath in their blood. It was only when many young noble women went missing that her killing stopped. As she was higher nobility, she was walled away in her castle, with a small hole by which to pass food, until she died.
I suspect that Bram Stoker had seen her name in this book as well, and mixed both to create a composite character.

April 29, 2010

Dracula: The Myth

Bran Castle in Transylvania in the Evening

It is interesting to read Dracula the undead I bought it a while back and unlike the original book, this one takes place in London. Still Stoker kept the idea alive in this one. ( yes a Stoker wrote the sequel to Dracula. Bram Stoker's great-nephew by the way)

In a way i missed the whole Transylvania element, where the first few chapters deals with northern Transylvania. Dracula the fictional character seems "more" real there.. and wasn't there something about him dying in the last book?

What i found I liked about the original Dracula was that was the element of knowing where everything was, from the roads to the cities, but the main city of Bistritz ( as it is written in the book) is pretty exact.

Great for tourism I must add.

April 28, 2010

Romania: Where is Transylvania?

Where is Transylvania? In Romania, which is in Europe
What I find most interesting is that, to me it is one of the few places that has a number of different cultures living inside of a small area. For the most part, these peoples are: Romanian, Hungarian and German.
Over the course of history, Transylvania was a part of Dacia, then a province in the Roman Empire and then part of Hungary and then a part of the three principalities of Moldavia, Wallachia and Transylvania, and then a part of the kingdom of Hungary and then a part of the Austrian Empire and then a part of Greater Romania, then during the Second World War, it was split between Romania and Hungary and then after the Second World War it became a part of Romania.
I am not giving any date as depending on whom I talk to the dates are different.
Still knowing where Transylvania is in terms of land, is just as important in understanding the people who made Transylvania. Se I think it is the relationships of teh people that make Transylvania, so tomorrow I'll be continuing the commentary on Dracula.

April 26, 2010

Dracula: Vlad Tepes, in fact was born in....

Sighisoara-- the Birthplace of Vlad Tepes
Vlad Tepes was born in Sighisoara, an German Saxon town located in Transylvania. He was the second son of his father, who was a prince of Wallachia. Still, the fact that he was born in Transylvania is important.
As he grew Transylvania would have a special place in his eyes, and he was at war with the princedom of Transylvania and the Turks. He could have been a peace maker but that wasn't the times.
Still he was considered a local warlord by some and a defender of Romanian people by others. What was the big thing that created this legendary personality? And Now did the second son of a prince of Wallachia rise to power?

April 25, 2010

Dracula: Man Behind the Myth

A Photo of Vlad Tepes--- The Basis for Dracula

For people who have a fascination of writing and of Transylvania, there seems to be something that falls as a person, and a book that links these people together. Dracula. Or more precisely the character. For the little while I'll be writing about Dracula and the man behind the myths.

For some it is the Dracula that Bram Stoker wrote about, but really where did Dracula come from?

Really Dracula is a myth, but there is a basis from his birth until his death Vlad Tepes was a man that loved his princedom, and fought wars that lead to his infamy. Over he next little bit I'll be using photos and writing to tell of the Dracula: Man Behind the Myth.

April 24, 2010

Dracula: Not a Real Person

Bran Castle, Transylvania

While Dracula lived in this castle in Bram Stoker's famous novel Dracula, I am sadden to make an announcement. Dracula: He is not a real person.
The real Dracula went by the name of Vlad Tepes, and he was born in Transylvania. No he didn't drink blood, but he id have a very interesting history.

April 23, 2010

Queen Maria and Her Crown: An Answer.

If you look closely to this amazing crown,
It is made of gold, and the gold came from Transylvania, which became a part of Romania in 1919.

April 22, 2010

Queen Maria and Her crown

Take a close look, really close....

The crown on Queen Maria's head is very unique.

But it was made of gold.

Where did she get the gold from?

April 20, 2010

Ahh, Transylvania Relaxation.

I'd just Love to sit down and have coffee right there. I could say to people I am in Transylvania drinking coffee in "transilvania" that would confuse people.

April 17, 2010

What is the Best Thing about Transylvania?

You tell me, what is the best thing about Transylvania?

From the pictures bellow can you guess what I believe is the best thing about Transylvania?

April 15, 2010

Transylvania and Relations between Hungary and Romania.

I have a hub out on hubapges which I ever so often want to pull down, but can't seem to because it is one of those things, it gets traffic but more to the point I like it so much, and the debate goes on...

The hub deals with relation between Romania, Hungary and Transylvania. While I make an effort to moderate the debate, I have found one thing to be interesting. most people take a quick read of the email and then comment.

Usually this doesn't worry me except for two reasons: One, they don't read my response, and write some fairly long comments about what I said as a reply. Not to mention that people forget that views are okay to express but not personal insults.

One of the best comments was a person who said Transylvania was a part of Romania since the Roman Period. Hungary only had it for a short time. He got this information from a study that the University of Bucharest gave. For the record: Transylvania was a part of the Kingdom of Hungary which was a part of the Austrian Empire until 1918.

So what are you views?

Is Transylvania a vital part of Romania, but that people should be taught about the History of Transylvania as a part of Europe, meaning its time during Hungary?

April 14, 2010

So Alba Iluia it is

Up next for me and my journey is a hub on Transylvania and the beauty of it... link to come soon.

It will be about Alba Iluia and the reason I want to go visit it.

April 12, 2010

Top Ten Places in Trasylvania

I once wrote a hub about the Top Ten Places in Canada.

Now I want to write a top ten places in Transylvania and then Romania and Then Hungary.

So I need your help, you tell me what are the Top Ten cities you'd like included in this hub?

Of course the more help the more mentions...

I believe that Alba Iluia needs to be on that list, but what other cities would you say? Sibui? some with some historical greatness I am forgetting?

April 11, 2010

Thank Queen Marie

She is the reason why I feel the way I do about Transylvania and it is a passion for her that I want people to love the land I love.

April 9, 2010

April 6, 2010

Romania and Hungary and Transylvania.

Transylvania was a part of the Austrian- Hungarian Empire between the years of 1867 until 1918. Then Transylvania became a part of Romania, after the First World War. However between the years of about 1003-1526 it was a nominal part of the Kingdom of Hungary... it wasn't until 1683 that the Hapsburgs of Austria gained some control. Over time the people of Transylvania faced a push towards a more central view of Europe.

At the same time, along before the Austrian Empire there was another kingdom, the Kingdom of Hungary.  They ruled the land for many years.  They fought with the Transylvanians, and against the Transylvanians.  The main reason for the need of control was the fact that Transylvania was a "gateway" to eh West, more specifically Vienna and Budapest.
Between the years of 1601- until 1867 Hungary and Wallachia and Moldavia argued over control of the land. According to various sources, Hungarian rule was from 1003- 1526 was broken between Turkish  (also known as the Ottomans-- but this is also said to be incorrect) invasions and Wallachian rule.  These Wallachian would later form the new country of Romania in the 1800s.  Prince Carol I, later King Carol I would move Romania into a more closer bond with England, when his nephew married a British princess, whom would later become Romania's seoncd Queen.

This is best described in this map of Micheal the Brave who reigned for less than one year, and who got the boundaries in 1600 to look closely like present day Romania.  Michael the Brave, went to Alba Iluia and was a man who, if he had lived longer might have put together a formidable force against the Ottomans, and the history of Transylvania might have been a lot different.

Still Transylvania is now a part of Romania, with long ties to both Romania and Hungary.  It is also a part of popular culture in the form of Dracula.

April 5, 2010

Why Romania? Why Hungary

I write a lot on Transylvania but I do want to make mention how much both Romania and Hungary have had an effect on Transylvania... here are some photos for you to get an idea.

Peles Castle, close to the Transylvanian border, I can see how it affected the artists of the area.

Bathory Castle in Transylvania, of a Countess of Hungary made famous by her serial killings of girls.

April 2, 2010

Romania and Transylvania

Okay Question What is the Best thing about Romania and Transylvania?
For me it is the people who made this land so wonderful