Vlad the Impaler:  As the cognomen 'The Impaler' suggests, his practice of impaling his enemies is part of his historical reputation. During his lifetime, his reputation for excessive cruelty spread abroad, to Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The name of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula was inspired by Vlad's patronymic

Vlad the Impaler: As the cognomen 'The Impaler' suggests, his practice of impaling his enemies is part of his historical reputation. During his lifetime, his reputation for excessive cruelty spread abroad, to Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The name of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula was inspired by Vlad's patronymic

Fleet Street, London, 1897, the year Bram Stoker's novel Dracula was published.  With www.bramstokerestate.com

Fleet Street, London, 1897, the year Bram Stoker's novel Dracula was published. With www.bramstokerestate.com

Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia was a daughter of Alexander II of Russia/Empress Maria Alexandrovna. Maria became the wife of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the 2nd son of Queen Victoria  and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.    She died in exile in Switzerland after World War I when Coburg, the principality her husband and nephew had ruled, ceased to exist. It has been said that she died of shock when the postman delivered a letter addressed to plain 'Frau Coburg.'

Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia was a daughter of Alexander II of Russia/Empress Maria Alexandrovna. Maria became the wife of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the 2nd son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She died in exile in Switzerland after World War I when Coburg, the principality her husband and nephew had ruled, ceased to exist. It has been said that she died of shock when the postman delivered a letter addressed to plain 'Frau Coburg.'

May 26, 1897: Dracula goes on sale in London.The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on this day in 1897.

May 26, 1897: Dracula goes on sale in London.The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on this day in 1897.

King Henry II :  King of England 1154–89. The son of Matilda and Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou, he succeeded King Stephen.  He curbed the power of the barons, but his attempt to bring the church courts under control was abandoned after the murder of Thomas à Becket.  The English conquest of Ireland began during Henry's reign. On several occasions his sons rebelled, notably 1173–74. Henry was succeeded by his son Richard (I) the Lionheart.

King Henry II : King of England 1154–89. The son of Matilda and Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou, he succeeded King Stephen. He curbed the power of the barons, but his attempt to bring the church courts under control was abandoned after the murder of Thomas à Becket. The English conquest of Ireland began during Henry's reign. On several occasions his sons rebelled, notably 1173–74. Henry was succeeded by his son Richard (I) the Lionheart.

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