Dracula was Irish

The good thing about is that you can talk about them endlessly. Here is some interesting hypothesis about Dracula.

Manus ‘The Magnificent’ lived in a castle called “Portnatrynod” near Strabane, perhaps not unlike the castle built by Count Dracula. He was also a poet and many of his poems, written in Irish, still survive. Manus is known as one of Ireland’s leading political figures of the time. He was also well known in Britain and in mainland Europe. He is described in The Annals of the Four Masters as “a learned man, skilled in many arts, gifted with a profound intellect, and the knowledge of every science.” But he was also a brutal warlord. He ruled over the O’Donnells during the most bitter and protracted feuds between his clan and the O’Neills, which in 1491 led to a war lasting decades. There was great bloodshed during this time, and war was brutal and ghastly. It was one of the bloodiest ever battles between clans, and the grisly activities raged on endlessly.

Manus O’Donnell, though a fierce and bloodthirsty warrior, was hospitable and generous to the poor and the Church. In his later years Manus was troubled by quarrels between his sons Calvagh and Hugh MacManus; in 1555 he was imprisoned by his own son Calvagh, who deposed him from all authority in Tyrconnell, and he died in 1564.

So let’s compare this to the figure of Dracula. The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, visiting Count Dracula in the Carpathian Mountains on the border of Transylvania, Bukovina, and Moldavia. At first enticed by Dracula’s gracious manners, Harker soon realises that he is Dracula’s prisoner. The original final chapter of Dracula was removed, but in it, Dracula’s castle falls apart as he dies.

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