Florescu, Radu McNally Raymond T.
Biographie Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, 1430 or 1431-1476 or 1477. Vlad (Walachei, F¸rst, III.) Wallachia -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
xxii, 261 p.  p. of plates
ill. ; 25 cm. Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Note on spelling -- Prologue: From the fictional to the factual -- 1: World of the real Dracula -- 2: Education of a prince: 1431-1448 -- 3: Thorny road to power -- 4: Machiavellian ruler at home -- 5: Transylvanian terror -- 6: Struggle against Mehmed the conqueror -- 7: Imprisonment and death -- 8: Mystery of the grave -- 9: Dracula's descendants -- 10: Beyond the grave: the many faces of Dracula -- 11: Stoker's Count Dracula, the vampire -- Conclusion: Who was the real Dracula? -- Brief annotated bibliography -- Index. Includes bibliographical references (242-245) and index. Radu R. Florescu, Raymond T. McNally. Book
LC: DR240.5.V553; Dewey: 949.8/201/092; B
ISBN: 0316286567; 9780316286565; 0316286559 (hbk.); 9780316286558 (hbk.); National Library: 013296414 LCCN: 89-8164
Review copy - uncorrected proof Insert stapled to front cover
From Publishers Weekly: The fictional Dracula of Bram Stoker's novel is better known than the actual Vlad Dracula the Impaler, who ruled as prince of Wallachia for three brief periods in the mid-15th century. This study by two Boston College professors who have written other books about Dracula explores how the legend of the Transylvanian vampire arose. As a ruler, Dracula spread terror far and wide, inflicting appalling tortures on his victims, killing them by impalement, by boiling or skinning them alive. Yet when the time came to defend Europe against Turkish invaders, he led the battle, and the authors view him as "the first modern Renaissance prince of the land.'' Florescu and McNally offer so much detail about the battles of kings, princes, princelings and claimants to thrones that the book will appeal only to the most ardent Dracula fanatics.