Saturday, 25. October 2014
01. 05. 14. - 16:00
Her old boyfriend was something of a bloodsucker - but that didn't stop her having five children with him as he entered into the history books as the most infamous un-dead person in history.
Now the mistress of Vlad the Impaler - the cruel medieval ruler who provided the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula - is having her own moment in the spotlight.
Writer Ileana Gafton launched her book "Dracula's secret mistress Katharina of Corona" this week in the Transylvanian city of Brasov in central Romania, near the village where Dracula’s castle is located.
And local tourism chiefs are hoping that she might become the next big lure for visitors. Spokesman for the local tourism office Stefan Vasilescu, 46, said: "Dracula is all very well but it is all a bit grim, all this black and death, it would be nice if we could soften him up a bit by introducing his love interest."
According to genealogists, there is the most distant of links between Vlad, Katharina and Prince Charles in Britain.
"She was a 17-year-old girl from Saxony in Germany, a character who actually existed and was discovered by a previous historian. I just pieced together the information. I carefully researched the story," said Ileana.
"Any love story is well received by readers. She can become a representative figure of our city, Brasov, and the whole area."
Ousted from the throne after a reign of only a few months, Vlad the Impaler fled and established himself in Brasov, a city known in the Middle Ages as Corona, in a fortified house located on the street named today as Constantin Lace. Here he met the young Katharina Siegel, an amazingly beautiful 17-year-old girl raised at the local monastery. She became his lover, and remained with him for 20 years giving him five children.
Legend has it that Vlad wanted to marry Katharina, but he was not allowed for religious reasons. Vlad even wrote to Pope Pius II asking him in a letter of indulgence to nullify his marriage with his first wife, Anastasia Holszanska, granddaughter of the Queen of Poland.
Vlad earned his nickname because he impaled his enemies on staves, leaving them to suffer slow and agonising deaths that could take days.
But he was always a gentlemen to his mistress, says the new book.
Get Shorty As Confused Bald Ibis Gets Lost Again
A rare bald Ibis that seems to have a different sense of direction to her fellow birds has once again had to be rescued after getting stuck trying to find a different route to the southern Italian feeding ground.
Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
Austria’s national railway line the OeBB has raised eyebrows after offering themed toilets including one that is supposed to "look and smell like outer space".
MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.
Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.
There was a festival atmosphere as Bundespresident Heinz Fischer opened Vienna's new Hauptbahnhof Friday morning.
Apple Truck Causes Traffic Jam
When 24 tonnes of apples are catapulted across a road it can only mean a jam.
Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
Furious animal rights campaigners have accused an Austrian farmer of lying after he shot dead a wolf that he claimed he thought was a fox.
Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.
Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.
Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Shocking Pics As Boys Arm Torn Off At Zoo By Bear|
|Russian Artist Cuts Off His Ear|
|Beggars Disable Camel For Cash|
|Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier|
|Cops Find Naked Dash Claim Was Snow Joke|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.