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by Euro Reporter
2010-07-11 09:26:51
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Vlad the Impaler 'no worse than other princes'

An exhibition in Romania aims to debunk the myths surrounding Walachian prince Vlad Tepes, otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler, who inspired Bram Stoker's bloodsucking character Dracula.  "The exhibition is based on historical studies showing that the legends related to Vlad Dracula were aimed at presenting eastern Europe as a primitive land and a source of evil," Austrian curator Margot Rauch said.

Entitled Dracula - Voivode and Vampire, the exhibit for the first time puts on display in Romania portraits of Vlad Tepes, who reigned twice, between 1456-1462 and then in 1476. The portraits were borrowed from the Kunsthistoriches Museum in Vienna and the Schloss Ambras museum in Innsbruck. Manuscripts and engravings depicting him as a "blood-thirsty tyrant" are also on display. "Vlad Dracula was doubtlessly cruel, but not more so than other princes of his time," Ms Rauch said.

She said it was more likely Dracula was a victim of "bad propaganda" from his western European peers. One of the engravings, dating back to 1500, shows Tepes having a meal under the eyes of a dozen impaled men, while others have their limbs chopped and their heads boiled in cauldrons. A large part of the exhibition is devoted to vampirism, several alleged cases of which were reported in the early 18th Century, especially in south-eastern Europe.


He didn’t fake his death

A Romanian woman did not report her husband’s death for two weeks because she thought he was faking his death to get away from her.

The 72-year-old woman told police in Vaslui she watched over her dead husband to make sure he wasn’t trying to trick her by faking his death so he could start a new life with his mistress. She did not go to authorities until after 14 days, certain that he was deceased.

Police said there were no signs of foul play and that the dead man had a well established heart condition.


Romanian writers and artists submit copyright protest to PM

Dozens of Romanian artists, writers and journalists have signed a letter addressed to President Traian Basescu and PM Emil Boc protesting against a recent decision to apply welfare contributions to copyright when copyright incomes are already taxed 10%.

The protest is signed, among others, by reputed Romanian artists, journalists and writers such as Mircea Cartarescu, Ana Blandiana, jazz singer Maria Raducanu.  They say in the letter that the decision to apply welfare contributions to copyright incomes is not constitutional and would force most of copyright holders to live below subsistence level.  And they warn they would use all legal means of protest nationally and internationally until a solution to the issue is found.

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