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In Search of Dracula by Raymond T. McNally
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Nov 27, 10

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A brisk history of the real man behind the Dracula legend, his family and the repercussions of his rule, along with notes about the books, songs, poems, plays and films he has inspired. Very interesting, and very well researched. Florescu is a native Romanian whose many times great grandfather was one of the assassins involved in killing Dracula, so he has strong personal connections to the history as well. I was fascinated by the 15th century German tabloids featuring Dracula drinking his enemies blood, and by the fact that until the 1980's, no one outside of Romania seemed to know he had really existed. He built fifteen monasteries and three castles, many of them still standing . . . how did people not know this? Also, he was technically world famous during his life, with stories of his grisly exploits appearing in numerous languages all over the world.
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