October 29, 2010

The Names of Transylvania and Websites That have Links

Wikipedia has many useful things, but sometimes reading them can be even more interesting.

This one was about the name of Transylvania.  I read it and found it rather interesting, not so much the names or how they came to be but the fact that wikipedia does not really check for broken links, the last reference is in fact a dummy site (reference 15)

I was able to find the information about Transylvania and the Saxons and the name they use in the book Balkan Nightmare by Ann Wittman and the same information is given that is found there.

So, websites are one thing that you can see how people view mistakes.  Again, books can also be misleading but a bit of cross referencing never hurts!

October 27, 2010

Transylvania and Dracula and the Blood Countess

Transylvania is populated with some very interesting people and two actual historical people who made their mark on the land are: Vlad Dracul and Elizabeth Bathory.  Both seem to have lead very different lives, and yet in one book: 100 Tyrants, they are both listed due to their more infamous parts of their lives.

Vlad was know for killing his enemies by driving a stake through them, and Bathory was known as the blood countess for killing as many as 600 young women to keep her beauty forever.

So what makes these so entwined with Transylvania?

Vald was born in Transylvania and spent many years there, and Bathory lived there until her death ( walled up in her castle room (the castle is now in a par reserve where it ruins can be seen)

October 24, 2010

Bravery in a Family

The more I learn about Queen Maria of Romania, the more I find that her grandson King Michael of Romania fared much better in the care of his grandmother than with his father.

In a way History repeated itself, as Queen Maria who had Michael's father at an early age, who be wise enough to help care for Micheal, who became king after the death of his grandfather at the age of five.

Maria, showed great courage during the Great War ( aka World War I) and her Grandson did the same, in a much more dangerous time, during the Second World Wat.

October 23, 2010

A Kings' Brother and his Death: Transylvanian Connection

King George I of Great Britain, had brothers, who might have become kings of England, except for one very simple fact.  Except for his youngest brother Ernest Augustus, they all died before him, and George II his son
was fortunate enough to have a large brood of children ( it was only him and his sister.)

But that is British History correct? 

Well correct, except for a bit of interesting research work done by Alison Wier in her book Britain's Royal Families.  There is a small Transylvanian connection.

Fredrick Augustus who was one year younger than George, was born in Hanover, but he died in the battle of St. Georgen in 1690, where it is listed he died in Siebenburgen, Transylvania.

The battle was against the Turks, and this is one of the few time Transylvania is mentioned through this whole book, except for one other person who was related by blood to this person.  Queen Maria of Romania, she would be Fredrick's great-great-great-great-great-great-niece, and she was married to the King Ferdinand of Romania.

Another Transylvania Connection with Germany and England.

October 20, 2010

Transylvania and Writing

There are a lot of books to there on Transylvania, or more specifically Romania, except the problem is that as a case writing friend said, a lot of slanted views.

Take fr example a book written by a publisher within Romania, usually as he pointed out, it has a Romanian point of view. 

Same with any book where the publisher happens to be Hungarian, or German.

Each has their own "story" to tell and it is up to the reader to figure out the facts.  Original sources are great but should also b viewed with caution as the are also slanted in one way or another.  Part of what makes writing about this area, so interesting is that people learn from reading about it, but Transylvania will always be an interesting topic to talk about.

October 18, 2010

Traffic or Content what is More Important?

This is at face value a simple question that most blog writers will find themselves asking more than a few times a day, what is more important to them: the traffic that they get on a regular basis or the content that they write for people?  This is not talking about making money, but more of the content or traffic.

In many ways, content is needed before you will get a lot of traffic but at the same time, not getting traffic to a blog can mean that the content is not valuable and this, for a writer can mean that you either are not producing something which to most is a valuable piece of writing or an informative piece or you will not get the traffic that you need to continue your online writing journey.

You  could of course learn how to communicate to your fellow readers, but if the content turned them off before, chances are they will not come back to read more. So, content is important to keep readers coming back.  This is not about comments but about people visiting your sites and reading them, and potentially adding links to their sites to give you more traffic.

So what about traffic, there are two ways to look at it, traffic for your content that gives you many page views, or traffic which makes you money.  So, in a sense, traffic is a must.  Traffic will build upon itself, but again without great content, traffic means nothing for your writing career.

So, the more important thing is the content on your blog, then you get the traffic you need to make money that you want.

October 14, 2010

Does Transylvania Make Money for Romania?

In one word : Yes.

On many sites they have reported that 35% of the gross domestic product of Romania comes from Transylvania ( the province)  which is very interesting.  Most of the products are primary resources and that makes more work for more people in the area.

Transylvania is important to the country of Romania, and it is important to Europe due to its land, and history.

When a Map is simply, a map.

I have many maps, and yes I do know a few things about Transylvania, including the fact that most people think that Transylvania is a smaller part of a larger entity.  However, Given that claus did comment upon this:  I'll leave it to them:

Yo should do more reaserch Rebecca.On the map you post here you present Banat,Crisana and Maramures as subdivisions of Transilvania(Transylvania may be the fictional region in Bram Stoker fantasies)which is not accurate.Romania has nine historical provinces;BANAT,BUCOVINA,CRISANA,DOBROGEA,MARAMURES,MOLDOVA,MUNTENIA,
OLTENIA and TRANSILVANIA.The tenth province called BASARABIA, due to first Rusian and later soviet ocupation became what is known today as REPUBLICA MOLDOVA an independent state.

Now, given that he does comment about nine provinces I'll help this one out, when I typed in Provinces of Romania on Google they gave me this website , the nine provinces which the commenter referred to are in fact regions within Romania.  The Provinces are as follows: Dobrogea, Moldova, Muntenia, and Transylvania.

Now, if you also do some research into what the term "Transylvania" means sometimes it is considered that the Banat can be a part of this province.  The Banat is a region in Romania.

Still, going back to 1600, and the person of Michael the Brave, the THREE principalities were: Moldavia, Transylvania and Wallachia.

So, this was an interesting comment, and one that shows that Transylvania, however you want to say its territory is, is a part of Romania, and also a part of Europe.

For the record: simply Google "the nine provinces of Romania", and you will find a lot of information.

October 11, 2010

Why Transylvania when Romania is the Country?

Because even parts of a country can be fascinating, but also since my ancestors are from the area, it is more interesting to me, as opposed to say Wallachia, where the heart of Romania is.

October 6, 2010

The Art of Transylvania: Saxon Dress

These are images of Transylvania Saxons Dress.

As you can see most of the work is done by hand, and the material is usually cotton, and velvet, which was expensive so the men and women would only have one good dress and then an "everyday" dresses and pants and whatever other clothes they would need.

The good dresses, if your taxes were not paid, were the clothes which were most often taken away.  This was because they were of value.  Often after the taxes were repaid the clothes would be returned.

Still the dresses and pants and shirts are in and of themselves a work of art, and this is the legacy of the Saxons.  They worked hard and produced a lot of wonderful art pieces which they wore and would place in their homes.

October 5, 2010

Tranyslvania as a Part Of Europe

Transylvania is a part of Europe. This much can be agreed upon as fact. It is a part of Eastern Europe as well, but that is where to many the agrrement ends. Some will agrue that Transylvania is a part of Romania, othere a part of Hungary and still others an independant state. As of this moemnt Transylvania is a part of Romania.

This has been the case since 1945, and between 1919-1940. Betwen 1940 and 1944 Nothern Tranyslvania was a part of the Kingdom of Hungary.

Sometimes I simply like looking at maps, and this one is interesting because it is a map that shows something about Europe and Transylvania as a part of Europe.  Now this is a old map pre-1914.  Still the important aspect is the fact that Transylvania is a part of both Eastern Europe and Central Europe.  Transylvania is now a part of Romania, but was for many centuries a part of the Kingdom of Hungary.

This is a map detail of Hungary and Transylvania, and this is nice since it shows the older towns that were once in Transylvania.

If you look closely at this map it is also in German and not Hungarian, as for two centuries Hungary became a part of the Empire of Austria which became known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire (or the dual monarchy)

This is the ancient land that myths and legends seemed to grow from.  These myths and legends deal with Dracula and werewolves, and also the people and where they came from-- in terms of Transylvania and elsewhere.

October 4, 2010

A dracula Site which is just neat.

Why Dracula what is making him so popular is it money?  is it because it has been a while or is it because there is a lot of tourism money involved for Romania, and Transylvania in particular?

The more I read the more I learn and I must admit there is a fairly interesting web site which I came across about Dracula and the writer of the novel.  In it there were 20 misconceptions that the website has listed.

These were fascinating to say the least.

Most of them I had heard, but this one was equally as interesting since they were also trying to promote their newest books.  So, you have now had fair warning!

October 2, 2010

Of Transylvania and Dracula: 1800s

This is the image of the man who would become Dracula to many readers of the famous novel by the same name. Of course, Vlad lived many centuries before and he died in as equally infamous circumstances.  He was apparently beheaded and his head was placed in a jar of honey to preserve it until it go to its ultimate destination the Sultan's palace in the heart of the Ottoman Empire (at the time, Wallachia where Vlad lived was a vassal state to the Ottoman Empire)  Vlad himself was born in Transylvania, but not in this castle, which his character was made famous with.

Above is the beautiful and imposing Bran Castle, which Bram Stoker made famous in his Dracula Novel, yet it was under Hungarian rule during the time that Vlad was alive.  Still ti later became the focal point for another famous figure of the twentieth Century, Queen Maria of Romania.  She left the castle to one of her daughters children and at one point they wanted make it into a tourist attraction for Western tourists looking for "Dracula"  there aren't many links to Vlad himself.

Finally, a map of the area during the 1800 to give an idea of Hungary and Transylvania and the nearby states which would become Romania in the late 1800s.  No, unlike his counterpart in Dracula, Vlad really used Transylvania as a bolt hole when things got rough. Wallachia, the state which Vlad was a prince would join with another to begin the country known as Romania.  Romania, when it was formed would be a princedom, and then a Kingdom.

It was not until much later that he was killed and as legend has it, had his head sent in a honey jar to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.