SCA-dians choose their personal “identities” and construct their “histories” from any time between 600AD-1600AD and from anywhere—Irish Celts, the British, continental Europe, Russia, Mongolia—even Japan.
Yet one crucial area seems surprisingly overlooked: Southeastern Medieval Europe. From the 10th century on, when Magyar horsemen took Hungary, this corner of the world was a crossroads of nations. By the 15th century Bulgaria was an Ottoman pashalik, the rest of the Balkans principalities Turkish vassals. North of the Danube Wallachia and Moldavia were directly threatened, Hungary, Transylvania and the German Empire at risk.
This man was in the thick of it. He was VLAD DRACULA, PRINCE OF WALLACHIA. Our historical novel, Dracula’s Sword, tells his whole exciting and
tragic story: from boyhood through his 7 years as a Turkish hostage, his three desperate reigns in his princedom and eventual death at the hands of an ally he trusted—Told by his lifelong friend—his second wife.
His Christian enemies called him a berserker. His Ottoman opponents named him Tsepesh Bey—the Impaler. That epithet still clings to him today. Vlad Dracula was a hard man, but the times he lived in were much harsher.
Fellow SCA-dians–WILL YOU HELP US SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT?
That is what our historical novel, Dracula’s Sword, co-authored by A.A. Welch. and M. Sass, hopes to do. We have found a possible publisher; they read our draft and are very interested—but they are a small independent company. To get Dracula’s Sword underway we need at least $5,000 to cover up-front production costs.
Mark and I are setting up an appeal like this to every SCA Kingdom in America. SINCE THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIA L SCA VENTURE (Although even the Society President has given us encouragement) we are sending this appeal through each Kingdom’s unofficial chat room website. A small donation– say– $5, $10–$25– from individual Society members–or whatever you feel Vlad’s story is worth– would be much appreciated. Such small donations from many individual members of the Society for Creative Anachronism would help us enormously! Reply directly to our:
Go Fund Me Page Link:
ABOUT THE AUTHORS ==================
Ardis A. Welch (Lady Szilagy Margit, Kingdom of Atlantia, Barony of Bright Hills)
I have been a SCA member for over 25 years: drapier of halls for events, editor of our Baronial newsletter.
I recently did several “show and tell” presentations: one on medieval calligraphy and a display–
“Lore of the Unicorn” at our recent Baronial Birthday. ===================
I’ve been working with my co-author Mark for almost that long! I did the research and
mostly wrote draft—in long-hand—I can’t think and type: that’s why I ‘m a SCA-dian!
Then I went to a computer—which is why it took us so long to complete the book.
Mark is not a SCA-dian. He owns and runs (single-handed) an exercise -equipment repair service for
individuals and large gym facilities. He understands 21st century technology. Fortunately for Dracula’s Sword,
Mark also has a keen and ruthless editorial eye – plus an almost uncanny sense of what Vlad Dracula, prince and warrior, would actually feel and say and do.…..
Mark in costume, on horseback, bears an uncanny resemblance to the 15th century prince Maybe that’s why he understood Vlad so well.