Vlad Dracula: The Dragon Prince by Michael Augustyn
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The Dragon Prince
Since the release of the movie "Dracula
:Untold" the real story about Vladimir the Impaler has been slowly getting out.
Yet this story like others does have him turning into a vampire at the end.
Taking place circa 1450-the 1470's when Dracula's three reign s occurred in
Wallachia, not Transylvania , as teh legend would have you believe. The story
stick pretty close to the truth of what was going down historically.
Ottoman Empire, Hungary and the smaller states are set in war against each other
with the little states choosing sides in greater battle while trying to
maintain their independence as best they can. With in this greater conflict are
several micro conflicts . The Orthodox church is vying for it's interest in
Wallachia as are the aristocratic boyars, the kings and the Church. Dracula's
rule is constantly being undermined and that is something that he will have to
deal with. Not only is there a clash of religions but there is also a clash
within religion. Islam vs Christianity, Orthodox Church versus the Roman
Catholic Church. Different European powers competing against each other with
some signing separate treaties with the Turks.
Dracula was the second
sone of Dracul. Growing up as a hostage in the Sultan Murad's court, Dracula
finally returns to take his rightful crown. In a bloody seige against
Tirgavoste, Dracula retakes his throne with the help of Turkish military. Upon
conquest the Turks rape pillage and plunder the cityu much against Dracula's
will but he cannot do anything about it. His hold over the kingdom does not last
long. Joining up with relatives in Moldavia he fights on their side building up
alliances and skill. He takes his kingdom back a second time.His second time is
the most famous reign. It is when he cleans up the kingdom from vagabonds,
greedy boyars and other internal enemies of state. THe second reign was when he
stood up to the Turks and took the battle to them. Dracula ultimately failed and
his brother took teh throne to run it for the turks. The third eeign was short
live. Undone by treachery of allies more so then Turkish military might. Dracula
is captured in the end and destine for his ultimate demise.
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