By Leif Pettersen,Paula Woessner,Liz Puhl,Brendan Kennealy,Alexandru Panolu
Little identified to most folks is that our vampire good friend is the namesake of somebody with related PR demanding situations, Vlad “Tepes” Dracula, the extravagantly mustachioed fifteenth century prince of Wallachia. reckoning on which medieval gossip journal you learn, Tepes was once characterised as a brutal tyrant, a hero, a traumatized baby who grew to become a psychopath, a passionate chief whose reign introduced order to a sector in chaos, scourge of the overpowering forces of the Ottoman Empire and/or a textbook sadist who prolifically impaled tens of millions of enemies.
Backpacking with Dracula is my quest to discover truth, legend and fiction (and the copious, delectable grey areas), sifting throughout the divergent, occasionally significant tales concerning the mercurial prince and glossy confusion with the vampire.
As I peel away those layers, I’ll percentage my accrued wisdom of recent day Romania, the place I lived and traveled for a cumulative years whereas getting to know a number of versions of Lonely Planet guidebooks.
My quest explores Wallachia and Transylvania, the respective homelands of the prince and the count number, positioned in modern-day Romania. This journey will concentrate on vacationing surviving websites linked to Vlad together with Transylvania’s Bran fort, the place Vlad in brief stayed (or was once in all likelihood imprisoned - it’s complicated); the ruins of his stronghold, Poenari castle, in Wallachia; Vlad’s boyhood domestic (now a restaurant) in Sighisoara; and the ruins of Wallachia’s Princely court docket in Târgoviste.
Finally, I’ll delve into a number of the theories of Vlad’s ultimate resting position - minus his head, which, in lieu of a Snapchat picture, we all know was once bagged and shipped on to a relieved Sultan Mehmed II in Constantinople as affirmation of his death.
Vlad used to be just like the Jack Bauer of Wallachia: patriotic nearly to a fault, steadfast in protecting the area from exterior enemies and inner provocateurs, misunderstood through co-workers and quickly to punch someone within the face that acquired in his method. within the unusually short seven non-consecutive years of his rule (1448; 1456–1462; 1476), he staked ass and took names, utilizing natural terror to almost wipe out crime and corruption in his principality and, on a number of events, repulsed and scared the bejesus out of Ottoman invaders.
Four centuries faraway from the proof, equivalent to they have been, Bram Stoker’s fictional, bloodsucking count number Dracula recast Tepes as an undead corpse reliant at the blood of the dwelling to maintain his immortality. although he by no means set foot in Romania, had Stoker made the adventure he could have loved a wealth of extra vampire fabric, being that vampires shaped a vital part of the region’s large folklore.
Vlad Tepes died in 1476, and Bram Stoker in 1912, but count number Dracula lives on in a unprecedented lifestyle of literature, television and picture. the unique Dracula novel hasn't ever been out of print.
Buzz for Backpacking with Dracula:
"Leif Pettersen has sucked the lifestyles *into* the Dracula phenomenon. He mines his subject expertly, leaving no coffin unturned, weaving the hard-to-put-down narrative among his personal travels in Romania and centuries past."
– David Farley, writer of An Irreverent Curiosity
"Most humans attempt to remain far-off from bloodthirsty tyrants, yet fortunately for us, Leif Pettersen has plunged directly forward and lived to inform this rollicking, history-rich story. BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA bargains an up-close view of the guy and delusion of Vlad Dracula, besides Romania prior and current, all advised with Pettersen's trademark wit and insight."
- Doug Mack, writer of Europe on five flawed Turns an afternoon and the impending The Forgotten States of Ame
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Backpacking with Dracula: On the Trail of Vlad “the Impaler” Dracula and the Vampire He Inspired by Leif Pettersen,Paula Woessner,Liz Puhl,Brendan Kennealy,Alexandru Panolu