Tag Archive: Dracula

Stake to the heart: Count Dracula’s medieval castle is NOT for sale

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The owners of the Transylvanian castle that was the inspiration for the forbidding home of Count Dracula have hammered a stake into the heart of persistent rumours that the medieval mountain-top fortress is up for sale. Bran Castle in Romania is established as the model on which Bram Stoker based the creepy home of his…

2014 Medieval Year in Review: Movies

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I love movies! All kinds, but I’ma sucker for medieval themed movies. 2014 wasn’t a good year for the genre. There were few offerings to entice medievalists into the movie theaters. We did get the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy which was a good ending to the monolithic franchise. With The Hobbit coming out…

MAP#21: Halloween Special – Dracula Radio Drama

This year’s Halloween Special we present the radio drama Dracula, by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater, originally broadcast on 11 July 1938. The inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula is Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler. Vlad is best known for fighting the Ottoman invasion and for impaling his enemies alive. If you want more…

Dracula was not bloodthirsty, just misunderstood

Vlad the Impaler, the medieval Romanian prince who inspired the character of Count Dracula, was not a blood-thirsty tyrant, he was simply a misunderstood victim of bad Western European propaganda, a new exhibition has claimed. The show, which has just opened in Bucharest, attempts to rehabilitate Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad…