Guest Blog: Voivode vs. Vampire – Dracula in Modern Literature

A fascinating article on the history of Dracula. The comments to the post are as equally illuminating.

Interesting Literature

By Gemma Norman, University of Birmingham

The name ‘Dracula’ is a name synonymous with vampires: the handsome, seductive aristocratic Count of Bram Stoker’s novel is the image that first comes to mind upon hearing the name. Most people have also heard the name Vlad the Impaler, but it’s rare to find someone who knows that they are one and the same person. Known in Romanian as Vlad Ţepeş and in Turkish as Kazıkulu Bey (The Impaler Prince) Vlad III ruled three times as Voivode (from the Slavic for warlord) of Wallachia. A member of the House of Drăculeşti, a branch of the House of Basarab Vlad gained the name ‘Dracula’ from his father, also called Vlad who was known as ‘Dracul’ or ‘The Dragon’ due to his membership in this chivalric order under the patronage of King Sigismund of Hungary. This Order was sworn to fight the Ottoman Turks…

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4 Responses to Guest Blog: Voivode vs. Vampire – Dracula in Modern Literature

  1. Luanne says:

    Marie Ann, thanks for sharing this interesting post!


  2. Katie Cross says:

    Always good information 🙂 I’ve never gotten into the dracula scene, but no doubt I will someday.


    • 1WriteWay says:

      I’ve always been a traditionalist when it comes to vampires and such. I cut my teeth (no pun intended) on the old Hammer movies with Christopher Lee. Sometimes I think I should write a vampire novel for the baby-boomer generation.


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