The English seaside town of Whitby is a fishing port which has changed little for the past 300 years. Critics say that it was this picturesque town, with the imposing ruins of a thirteenth-century abbey perched on a promontory, which gave the writer Bram Stoker the idea for his world-famous book Dracula. The writer, his wife and his son spent the summer of 1890 in Whitby, while he was probably engaged in planning the novel.
Dracula, published in 1897, is the story of a vampire from Transylvania who travelled to England. When his ship was damaged in a terrible storm, Dracula -the vampire- jumped to land at Whitby in the shape of a huge dog. Stoker, the author, is known to have consulted books on legends from Transylvania, Moldavia, and the Carpatians at the local library at Whitby and later in the British Library in London.
The Dracula of Transylvanian legend appears to originate from Vlad Dracul
II, Prince of Walachia (1456-1476), known
for his prodigious cruelties both to enemies -the invading Turks-
and his own people. However, he was not a vampire. It is suggested that
Stoker's Count Dracula was a composite figure derived from Vlad Dracul and
the Countess BÃ¡thori. This lady was a Hungarian aristocrat who was arrested
in 1610 for murdering girls. It was her habit to wash in the blood
of her victims in order to stay young and to maintain her skin in a perfect
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