The traditional Romanian [edit] In the land of

The traditional Romanian [edit] In the land of Dracula, and since the second half of the sixteenth century, the memory of the voivode soon fell into oblivion. The chroniclers mention it just Vlachs and confuse it with other principles of the fifteenth century, its brutality and his deeds passed over in silence, and was credited only the construction of the fortress Poenari. Only in 1804, in parallel with the awakening independence of the Romanians against the Turks and Austrians, the figure of Dracula’s re-emerged from oblivion. Powered by clear political motivation, memory Romanian folk forgot the horror of the atrocities committed by Vlad Tepes in favor of admiration for his warlike virtues, for his spirit of freedom, for the brave deeds done in defense of his country against the Turks.

It is adduced to mitigating the cruelty with which he was spotted fatalistic reasons: the war was in itself cruel, the enemy did the same, there were other ways to deal with the terror Ottoman Empire. It was “a sovereign terribly severe, of course, but his anger had mainly directed against those who dared to lie or abuse the poor people” (Romanian folklore studies are full of testimonials like this one, made in 1910 by an old rural district Muscel). I naively agreed the same Saxon usual victims of ruthless persecution by Dracula, admitting in the manuscript of St. Gallen that “when someone stole, lied or staining of any injustice in his lands, had no chance of escape, whether it was a nobleman, a priest or a common citizen. “

The myth of the brave patriot and one of the wise ruler conspired together to consolidate in the historical memory of the popular image of an exemplary prince, able not only to safeguard the independence of the kingdom but in order to ensure the legality, the same industriousness of its inhabitants. The result was a sort of national hero, ready to engage in the most tremendous power if it had been in every game the integrity of its land. He tried to exploit its popularity to the end, as we have seen, the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who never failed to show off his emotional involvement in everything that represented the figure of Dracula, to choose the Snagov Lake to their summer residence .

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