My Dracula

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Born within a few blocks of Dracula's castle and having had my primary education in Romania, I was raised to respect this important historical figure known as Vlad Tepes, the man the legend is based on. 

 

The Romanian history I was taught painted Vlad Tepes as a revered and much appreciated ruler.  Known as Vlad The Impaler, he cleansed his country of thieves, charlatans and prostitutes.  He stood up to the Ottoman Empire and was loved and respected by his people.

 

My Romanian education taught me to appreciate this fearless ruler.  When I came to the United States at the age of 15, I was surprised to find a different story modeled after the very same man.  An enlightening book reconciled the two views into my current understanding of Vlad Tepes/Dracula: In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond McNally and Radu Florescu (two authors-one American, one Romanian).

 

The following Discovery Channel Documentary presented in three parts below, is the most accurate portrayal of Dracula I have ever found.  I hope you enjoy it!  It is a story unlike any other.  Please let me know what you think about it after you watch it!  If you are very limited on time, start with part 2.

 

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Mirela Monte
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In spite of all my interruptions, I managed to finish this "project". I hope you enjoy it! What an intriguing story this is! I know it's not Real Estate, but good stories are always worth telling and God knows, we need a "breather" from our pressure filled days... This is no "LOL Friday", but the radically different stratum should provide much needed respite from the mundane... Enjoy!
Jun 18, 2009 11:52 AM #1
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
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Interesting subject.....I don't have time right now, but will come back to this. It's often true that real history varies from the stories told about it. :)
Jun 18, 2009 11:55 AM #2
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Angelia Garcia
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I cannot hear the volume.  My speaker is on and volume up but I get no sound.  Oh well.

Jun 18, 2009 11:58 AM #3
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Robert Rauf
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Mirela, I though I noticed your Fangs!  no wonder you seem to be ageless!

Jun 18, 2009 12:02 PM #4
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Mirela Monte
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Angelina: Thank you for the heads up! I just revised it. Are you able to hear it now?
Jun 18, 2009 12:13 PM #5
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Chris Fisher
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Very interesting Mirela, I'll come back to this tonight to watch all 3 episodes.  Thanks for sharing!

Jun 18, 2009 12:20 PM #6
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Mirela Monte
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Is anyone else having trouble listening to the videos?  It's playing well for me, but Angelia was having trouble with it earlier.  Please let me know!

Jun 18, 2009 12:32 PM #7
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And I thought the vampire story about dracula was just some sucky fable.
Jun 18, 2009 12:51 PM #8
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JL Boney, III
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I have seen many documentaries on the subject of this ruler and the stories that he inspired. I have found all of them to be very interesting.

Jun 18, 2009 01:15 PM #9
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Larry Story
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Mirela, why I have seen many stories on the truth behind the legend those were very informative. It is always good to hear from both sides of the story. Yes it is nice to take a break from RE once in awhile.
Jun 18, 2009 01:30 PM #10
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Kathleen Frawley
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Mirela! My husband was born not to far from you, and also raised in Romania. (I KNEW there was a special reason I liked you!)  He also talks fondly of Vlad, saying before him everyone stole, after him you could leave a pound of gold on your porch and no one would touch it....go figure.

No time to watch the video, I'll come back later.

 

Thank you Multumesc!

Jun 25, 2009 03:28 PM #11
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Jan Chilton
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Wow.  It certainly wasn't complimentary.  Why would Romanians praise a man such as that?  Even if he fought off the Muslims (today's buzz, but accurate) he also horribly murdered thousands of others.  Seems to me that he's not much better than Hitler.  No wonder the story of Dracula came from all that carnage.

Oh well...it sure was interesting to watch!

Jan

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