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Vlad the Impaler

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Vlad the Impaler: Son of the Devil, Hero of the People not only brings to life one of history’s most compelling and brutal characters, but traces his bizarre afterlife. A hero to his countrymen, Vlad Dracula became a byword for dread. Not just for generations of Western fans of Gothic fiction and film, but also for his fifteenth-century contemporaries, whose appalled fasci ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by Ian Allan Publishing
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Grace
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a very interesting look into the original Vlad the Impaler, how his history and character have morphed through the ages to suit different purposes (seen as a heroic figure at times and a demon when needed), how he was used as the basis for Dracula and as much of his true story as is possible to cobble together from the scant sources available.
The writer used some interesting devices, having small fictional "eyewitness" accounts to allow the reader to understand certain situations and ho
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Joan
Dec 24, 2016 added it
This book is actually just for a very small part about Vlad the Impaler.

It contains a history of the Ottoman Empire and its sultans. Other persons described in this book are, for example, Bogdan II (p. 111-13), Al Capone, Ceausescu (p. 28, 285-94), Cesare Borgia (p. 194-9), Edward Gibbon (p. 114, 118-20), Jean-Bedel Bokassa (p. 174-6), Jean de Nevers (p 48-50), Nietzsche (p. 201-3) and Andrew Wheatcroft (52-3, 94, 214). Other topics described are the Stockholm Syndrome, the Battle of Agincourt a
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Viggo Knudsen
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Serious historical research and sound principals on critic on sources and accounts, is in my opinion missing in this book, which could have made a good contribution to the subject, but instead turns out as something close to mere speculations about Vlad the myth and the historical Vlad added ad hock deviations from the subjects being studied sometimes interesting but never relay relevant.
Aileen
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am so not into graphic novels, but this book was very informative and I'm glad I checked it out at a friend's advice. I am very unlikely to read something of this sort without a recommendation. This book was historically interesting even though it was about a pretty awful person.
lesleymac
Jul 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphical
Titties and gore. Terrible, sometimes nonsensical art. A heaping helping of misogyny and homophobia. Avoid.
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Paul Wood began working for the Open University in the 1980s as a part-time Tutor in Scotland, based in Edinburgh. Since the 1990s he has worked in the Dept of Art History at Milton Keynes. His main involvement has been in the history of the modern movement. Previously, he was a Tutor on A315, Modern Art & Modernism which ran between 1983 and 1992, a Course Team member on A316 Modern Art: Prac ...more
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