March 28, 2011

Dracula and Hunyadi

The most recent email I received about Dracula, and John Hunyadi, is this one:

Would you think that since Stoker based his novel on a person, and that person was similar to Vlad Tepes, that Van Helsing was written with John Hunyadi in mind?

I'll give a short answer to that question: No I do not.

Bram Castle, The "home" of Count Dracula, not of Vlad Tepes


Tomb of Hunyadi, after his death in 1456
 I do not think that Stoker knew too much of Transylvania's history and because of that, only loosely based his writing upon the land of Transylvania

It is a well written story, and I am sure that Van Helsing might have been an interesting character but, he was based upon a friend of Stoker.

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