November 29, 2010

Transylvania Myths ( Dracula Myth, and the Pied Piper Myth)

Transylvania has a lot of links to many of the people in Europe.  It is a small part of a country but it is rich in history as any other place.

At the same time there are many Transylvania myths.  Dracula is possibly the most famous of all myths, but is based upon a real person.

Dracula's home, and yet most closely identified with Queen Maria of Romania.

The pied piper supposedly brought the children of Hamelin into the land of Transylvania. These children become the Saxons.  In reality it was a Hungarian King who invited Flemish and other peoples of German origin to Transylvania to cultivate and protect the land.

November 27, 2010

Should You read the New Dracula Novel?

The new Dracula novel is out, and it has been out for a while, but the question is: Should you read the new Dracula Undead novel?

It doesn't seem to be placed in Transylvania although there is mention of "the countess of the blood..."

It is set twenty-five years later, and while the writing is good, it is set in London, so there is little mention of the land that Bram Stoker made famous ( he also appears in the novel)

Should you read the new Dracula?  It is a good one from the library but the facts are far more interesting than this book.

November 24, 2010

Transylvania and an Interview with Dracula

There are times when I simply just love reading things about Dracula, especially when it is about history and not fiction.

As most of you know I do look around the Internet for some decent writings about Transylvania, and a wonderful person on hubpages has done a fantastic job on a hub called Interview with Dracula.

The important thing is to be questioning and to make sure that facts are there and this is done.  Enjoy!

If you wan tot read up a bit more about Dracula, there is an alternate history of his wife, and a few points about Dracula you can read.

November 23, 2010

Transylvania... or Other Matters of History

I find history a interesting subject, but I also find that everyone has a view on "their history"

Take the Saxons for instance.  A proud race living on their own in Transylvania... forced to pay high taxes, all the time, but they kept their traditions in Transylvania, then they were forced to leave, and they have lost their past...

Okay, cute (now before you go asking for my head, please understand I am of Saxons origin, so I am also poking fun at myself)

The Saxons, came to Transylvania in the 1100 at the invitation of a Hungarian King, and there were about 2,000-3,000 people who came.  They settled the land and were, more importantly at the time Catholics.  Yes there were taxes, but they weren't as high as those placed on other communities.  What goes around comes around, and the land ( they voted to place their allegiance with the Romanian Government... a fact Saxons love to ignore) was given to Romania in 1919.  They faced more taxes, yet still were allowed to keep much of their land and religion, but were still taxed.  They weer ordered evacuated in 1944 and many in Northern Transylvania left while many in the Southern Transylvania were sent to Soviet labour camps.

Of course, many will state that was the end of Saxons in Transylvania. They forget many still lived there after the war, and even now some do.  So, yes even now Transylvania still has the Saxons living there, but not as many as there once were.

Truth can be a hard thing to swallow.

November 20, 2010

Blogs and Transylvania: Transylvania on The Internet

While I prefer not to think much about blogs and who is writing what sort of blog, I was running a small Internet search on Google.  I was asking myself, about the content of my next blog post, and I wanted to get an idea of what was out there in terms of facts that people can find elsewhere, such as a library or archives.

I have spent time asking the Romanian consulate in the area, abut information regarding Transylvania, and they have been more than generous about pointing me in the correct direction.  Still, they did point out a few websites which they said were of interest.

I typed in the search terms they suggested, and the top listing was this site....I had done a blog post about Transylvania and the Internet, and that was number one on Google.  Shows me that blogs are important, and this means on need to relay information about Transylvania as best one can.

That includes everything about Dracula and other myths, but also the history and people of the land.  Writers such as Bram Stoker, have played an important role in teh torism indutry for Transylvania both in writing in books and on the Internet, but Transylvania is important to Romania and to Europe otherwise.

November 17, 2010

Dracula, and a Place He "lived"

The place Dracula ( the fictional character, not the person he was based upon, lived in the Saxon city of Bistritsa.  In fact Stoker out does himself with the details. 

The city is still as wonderful and picturesque as it was then as it is now.

November 16, 2010

Transylvania, a lot of Writing, a lot of Interest?

Is there an interest in the land Transylvania or the people, I have written, a long time ago, a hub on hubpages called a city in Transylvania...

It didn't get traffic, but it was about Alba Iluia, and Queen Maria of Romania.  I changed the title, which was all I did, and when I mentioned the Queen the traffic was increased quite a bit.

So, there is interest, but it is all in the name, and the terms Transylvania.

November 15, 2010

Writing and Publishing Books on Transylvania? Is There Money/ Readership in it?

There is a huge topic of discussion about writing and publishing, but the fact remains that often, a book can be controversial and can have far reaching effects on readers.  This can be said of the topic of Transylvania, where for the most part if the topic is not about Dracula, then there is not much of a readership... or is there?

There is a strong group of people who did, and still do, live in Transylvania who are interested in topics, such as the history, or the people of Transylvania.  Publishinga  book is very improtant to building a idea about what Transylvania is all about.

These people have the ability to make any subject interesting.  It is not hard, since Transylvania itself has such a long and varied history that you can find something from royalty to people that have left their mark on the land.

So, I do believe that there is a readership about the topic and the place of Transylvania.

November 13, 2010

A City in Transylvania needs A Coat of Arms

This is the coat of arms which the city of Sibui (aka Hermannstadt in German) is one of the more historic cites in Transylvania.

It was originally a Saxon stronghold, and the administrative center of the Saxons in Transylvania.

The thing which My eye goes to on this coat of arms is the fortified castle on the top, Sibui is one of the many fortified cites and churches in Transylvania.

It is a major tourist attraction and because of this, makes money for Romania.  Since you can use the airport to fly into other destinations, such as Munich it is possible to understand why there is such a draw for tourists.  I suspect that the coat of arms is a strong part of the culture we can find within Sibui, and the fact that it was at one time the "crown" of the Saxons within Transylvania.

November 10, 2010

The Interesting things about Books.

I was searching for a few newer book on Transylvania. One that caught my eye was a book called Transylvania and Hungary.  The reason... not a good one.

I looked closer at it and noticed that the publisher is AuthorHouse, a vanity press. On amazon, looking into some details, it is ranked around 3 million in terms of sales.  Still it probably will not be of any research value to most people.

Ont eh other hand in that same search a re-published book called Hungary and Transylvania might be of historical value since the book is pre-1923, which will be of interest to see what the people who had lost the First World War, and their views on the land which the ceded by the Paris Peace talks to: Romania and The future Check and Slovak Republics.

If you are not too careful about books, they might be something which is not great information, especially in a land where history is so and ever changing.

November 9, 2010

Is it Correct?

I found this link was interesting, it is the names of Transylvania, however, it does not cite sources, but says that the Romanian names and Hungarian names are connected
Upon reading the the Saxon name, I had to pull this shield up.  Siebenburgen means in German (roughly of course) seven cities, or castles.

I can see the origin to many of the theories that the Saxons did refer to the "seven" major cities in Transylvania. 

November 7, 2010

Is Transylvania a place you would travel to?

Yes, I know you are reading a site on Transylvania, and you like the idea, but if you live far away this might be something more of a dream, or because you do not have the money for an all out tour...

After seeing such pictures is Transylvania a place you would go and travel to this place?  A lot of people who live in North America do not think of all the places that they can see in a small area, but Transylvania, has so much to offer.

From Alba Iluia to the mountains and rivers, I am certain this is a place I would go to.  I think I am certain to see water buffalo as well. (don't believe me, check out a book called.. Transylvania to see pictures of these animals.)

Still, to be there for a while will cost money, but if money isn't a big thing and you want to go... what would be the first place you would visit?

November 4, 2010

Three People in 100 tyrants that Have Links to Transylvania

It must be the air, the high plateaus or the water of Transylvania, but there are a lot of people in many books who have links to Transylvania.  These might be links via conquest or simply by birth, or also by what they did within the land.

In 100 Tyrants, Attila the Hun, King of the Huns, used Transylvania as a pathway to the Western Roman Empire.

Vlad Tepes, listed as "count of Wallachia' (he was in fact a prince)  is also listed as one of the many infamous people who influenced Transylvania.

Last, Elizabeth Bathory "the Blood Countess" who was also listed in this book, having married and lived in Transylvania. She has links as well to Vlad Tepes, Prince Steven Bathory was a commander of the 1476 expedition to regain the Wallachian throne for Vlad.

November 2, 2010

The Countess of The Blood: The Numbers

The Countess of the Blood was Elizabeth Bathory, and she lived in Transylvania after her marriage to a minor Hungarian nobleman.

Now according to 100 Tyrants she ordered (or aided) the murder of 600 village girls and minor noblewoman.  The reason she was not killed was due to the fact that the Bathory clan was a powerful clan and she was a member and the King of Hungary needed the support of the clan.