Interview With Historian about the 'Dracula House'
Dr. Fedeles, of the Medieval and Early Modern Department at Pécs University’s Historical Studies Institute, said in an interview with Digital Journal that there was no definite proof that Duke Vlad III ”Tepes” (The Impaler) of Wallachia owned the recently discovered cellar.
Writing in an e-mail, Fedeles said what was certain was that a historically significant, late Medieval house had come to light, but its ownership could not be stated with certainty, as there were no ownership registers in the 15th Century.
Referring to a document from September 1489, which referred to a large house as ”Drakulyaház”, or ”Dracula House”, Fedeles said Duke Vlad’s widow, Justina de Szilágyi, owned the house for a while and that the document showed it was a corner house. The historian said:
Based on these data, we can merely say, that ”Dracula” did have something to do with the house, likely he co-owned it with his wife, although even that isn’t certain. The house stood in the centre of the town (and that) it was a significant object.
Fedeles, referring to various sensationalized media reports, added:
What is out of the question is that: (King) Mátyás (of Hungary) exiled Dracula to Pécs. That Voivode (Duke) Dracula lived in Pécs, although he might have visited, and might well have obtained property in the town, after all, he spent 10 years in Hungary.
comments powered by Disqus
- Isis Palmyra demolition has begun with ancient God Lion statue destroyed
- Moving Photographs of Japanese American Internees, Then and Now
- A One-of-a-Kind Trove Reveals What 19th-Century American Boyhood Was Really Like
- St. Louis University moves controversial statue after protests
- UNC Renames Building That Honored Ku Klux Klan Leader
- NYT hosts debate including Eric Foner: How Americans should remember Reconstruction
- William Leuchtenburg says historians and the media have been too hard on Obama
- Hugh Ambrose, historian who helped develop WWII Museum, dead at 48
- Historian discounts claim that Churchill and other British PM's were gay
- Nick Bunker Wins $50,000 2015 George Washington Book Prize