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Old October 15th, 2016, 01:37 PM   #1

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Vlad: The Last Confession


Has anyone else read it? It's a novel by C.C. Humphreys and goes over the life and times of Vlad The Impaler - aiming to remove him from his folkloric and monstrous image and show him in a more human light.

As someone who has always admired Vlad immensely, this book was outstanding to my mind - and the ending really choked me up. It's a strange juggling act, but even among the plentiful impalings, you get a picture of a man who could be funny, kind to his friends, idealistic about his nation and even a doting father.

All of this, of course, must sound rather absurd when one considers the infamy which surrounds Vlad. But, nevertheless, I'd certainly recommend giving it a read. It's a really touching novel.
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The novel sounds like a remarkable read and it is actually interesting to see some books bring Vlad as a better and kind man than him being a devil and seen as "Dracula". Does the book cover his early life till his death?
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The novel sounds like a remarkable read and it is actually interesting to see some books bring Vlad as a better and kind man than him being a devil and seen as "Dracula". Does the book cover his early life till his death?
It does! It shows him as a poor child, taken as a hostage by the Ottomans, and covers his main reign as Prince of Wallachia, his betrayal by the Hungarians, later reinstatement as Prince, and his death.

Though, in regards, to his death, the novel takes a different spin on it. Which is not so historically accurate - but I loved, regardless!
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It does! It shows him as a poor child, taken as a hostage by the Ottomans, and covers his main reign as Prince of Wallachia, his betrayal by the Hungarians, later reinstatement as Prince, and his death.

Though, in regards, to his death, the novel takes a different spin on it. Which is not so historically accurate - but I loved, regardless!
Yeah, that's really good to see it show his whole life till his death. I'll give it a read eventually and see how it is. Sounds like a fascinating book to learn about a great ruler of Valahia!
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I haven't read it but do have CC Humphrey's "Constantinople 1453 - A Place Called Armageddon".
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