Many of you already know that the Dracula myth has precise roots, being derived from a historical character, the real-life Dracula being a prince of Wallachia, born in Transylvania (both are now parts of Romania), the ruthless Vlad III Dracula, a.k.a. the Impaler (who reigned three times: 1448, 1456-1462, 1476).
Vlad III Dracula, the prince of Wallachia, was far more frightening than the Count Dracula (the gothic character derived from the real Dracula, created by the Irish novelist Bram Stoker in 1897), being famous throughout the centuries for his cruelty and for putting to death roughly 100,000 men, women and children, by various types of torture, especially by impaling, that brought him, throughout his native country, the nickname of Țepes (the Impaler).
Despite his extreme cruelty, Vlad III Dracula was an extremely daring and skilled warlord of the 15th century Europe, a defender of Christianity, who, despite the fact that his army was always outnumbered, succeded in defeating in battles all his mighty invading neighbouring enemies, including the Ottoman sultan Mehmet II, the conqueror of Constantinople, saving the independence of his country and preventing the Central Europe from being conquered by the Ottoman Empire and eventually converted to Islam.
For these reasons, the real-life Dracula is nowadays an iconic hero for his native Romanians and for the peoples of the Balkans.
Due to the cruelty reputation of the real-life Dracula, we encountered severe obstacles on our way to open a museum in Bucharest, dedicated to the 2-faced Dracula (both the historical and the mythical Dracula).
The Romanian authorities refused to grant us any financial (or any other kind of) support for fulfilling our Dracula Museum project, probably for election reasons, being afraid or embarrased to associate the public funding or image with a historical character, who allegedly left behind 100,000 tortured victims, though it happened almost 600 years ago.
We pleaded in vain the cause of the Dracula Museum in front of the local Romanian authorities, they simply preferred to avoid any state involvement, due to Vlad Dracula s controversial reputation: both angel and demon (defender of the national independence, crusader against the Ottomans, but also ruthless and tyranic warlord, who halved the population of his own country in only 6 years).
So, we needed to do everything by ourselves, with help from members and volunteers of Ordo Draconum and with the precious support of the donors of the Dracula Museum.