The character of Count Dracula is well-known throughout the world. He is a dark, seductive, pale man wearing a cape. His gaze is quite literally captivating, and he has the strength of ten men.
The story, written by Bram Stoker in 1897, has been retold hundreds of times, but is there a historical figure upon whom the character is based? Is there really a Dracula? Many scholars argue that Vlad III Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, is the real Dracula. He was known in Western Europe for his cruelty, most especially his penchant for impaling his victims. He is said to have killed somewhere between 40,000 and 100,000 people during his crusade to stop the Ottoman Empire from expanding into Eastern Europe.
He was equally harsh on the people he ruled and is said to have taken great pleasure in torturing his victims. Inside you will read about:
Vlad’s early life and family
Rise to power: Vlad’s first reign
War with the Ottomans: Vlad’s main reign
Vlad’s imprisonment, third reign, and death
Vlad Dracula’s legacy
Vlad the Impaler in fiction: Count Dracula
His story, however, is much more complicated than the oft-reported details of his atrocities would imply. He lived in a time of conflict where many were equally as cruel, and he is viewed as a hero in Romania where he is remembered as a protector of his people. This audiobook tells the story of his life and times and discusses his connection to the fictional Count Dracula in a succinct, compelling manner, which makes for an entertaining listen packed with historical information.
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