Late medieval source for the Dracula story
Published in Bamberg in 1491, this book is one of the strongest sources for the Dracula story. It is the history of Wladislaus Drgwyla, also known as Vlad III, a 15th-century Prince of Wallachia, now part of Romania. He was known after his death as ‘Vlad the Impaler’ due to the inhuman cruelties practised by his armies during wars with the Ottoman empire.
- Full title:
- Ein wünderliche und erschröckenliche hystori von einem groszen wüttrich genant Dracole wayda, der do so gar unkristenliche martter hat angelegt, die menschē als mit spissen, auch dy leüt zu tod geslyffen, etc.
- 1419 , Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany
- Book / Illustration / Image
- Held by:
- British Library
- Usage Terms:
- Free from known copyright restrictions
- Article by:
- Greg Buzwell
- The Gothic, Fin de siècle
The vampire is a complicated creature: caught between life and death, at once alluring and horrifying. Greg Buzwell considers the way the novel reflects the fears that haunted late 19th-century society – fears of immigration, sexual promiscuity and moral degeneration.