By MARGALIT FOX MAY 27, 2014
In the late 1960s, Professor McNally, a colleague in the history department, grew intrigued by affinities between events in Stoker’s novel, published in 1897, and the actual history of the region. He enlisted Professor Florescu, and together they scoured archives throughout Eastern Europe in an attempt to trace Count Dracula to a flesh-and-blood source.
Vlad emerged as the prime suspect, for he and the count, it transpired, had much in common.
Both were noblemen from the same part of the world: Vlad was prince of Walachia, an area that with Transylvania, the count’s stamping grounds, would become part of Romania.
The thesis of “In Search of Dracula” has not been universally accepted by scholars, nor did all reviewers embrace it. But for the authors, who became the toast of the television talk-show circuit, that did not matter.
Wonder if he had time to read my identification of both Venus Mater and Amaterasu as ancestress of Tenno Jimmu with the Hittite Queen or Empress Puduhepa? That will also not be universally accepted by scholars; nor will all reviewers embrace it ...
As for Odin of Uppsala I have not even made up my own mind yet, whether he was granduncle of Simon Magus (who tried, without success to pull off the same stunt in Rome) or a Gaulish Druid whose Teutates was called Nodens who wanted to preserve the cult elsewhere after getting beaten by Caesar. These thesis might not be quite mutually exclusive.
Hans Georg Lundahl
St German of Autun
Abortion survivor and
Bishop of Paris
28 / V / 2014
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