Kurt Treptow is a noted scholar of East European history and culture. His other books include Vlad III Dracula: The Life and Times of the Historical Dracula.
"[A] more incisive and comprehensive account of Vlad III than
[other works], which is more discursive and leading towards an
academic style, yet still accessible. [...] a must for anyone with
an interest in the medieval history of Central and Eastern
"This book [...] is a must for anyone with an interest in the medieval history of Central and Eastern Europe. It also presents a fascinating background to the bloody and turbulent events that ensued as fifteenth-century Romania was set on a collision course with the most powerful empire since the invasion of the Romans in the early second century."--ANTIQVVS
"...an outstanding work of scholarship that carefully sifts through the often-contradictory sources, and popular culture associated with the name Dracula, to give us an historical Vlad Dracula, not a legend [...] Professors and students of history, humanities, or Bram Stoker's Dracula will benefit immensely from reading this book."--Chad Venters, PhD