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The Dragon Order of The Coven of the Forbidden Fruit
is a scholar order made to serve the purpose
of researching facts about the life of the Wallachian Voivode
Vlad III Dracula.
The Order has no restrictions on membership:
it is open to members of any House or Coven, even to VR members without a particular Society!
This scholar order
is entirely dedicated to the study of the life and deeds
of the Voivod of Wallachia
Vlad III Dracula
(1448; 1456-1462; 1476)
(also known as Vlad Tepes)
The activity of the Order consists in research and writing articles
on this subject. The articles are published on the Vampire
Database of Vampire Rave and linked to the article section
of the present page.
We also try to collect all known old images regarding
Vlad III Dracula.
This is the most important section of the page!
Here is where you will find the links to the articles about Dracula written by our members.These are original articles and represent our contribution to this site.The copyright belongs entirely to the authors and to this site in conformity with Vampire Rave Terms Of Service and Vampire Rave Manual.
Articles written by our members
Who really was Dracula?
If you have any suggestion, correction or question please contact me.
Basilisk and Dragon
of the Dragon Order
Books about Dracula
from XV-XVI century
Uan deme quaden thyrane Dracole Wyda ~ 1485
(German Language with preface in Hungarian Language)
Skazanie o Drakule Voevode ~ 1486
(Translated in English from Russian language)
Die geschicht dracole waide ~ 1488
Books about Dracula
from XIX-XX century
In English Language
* Stefan Andreescu, Vlad The Impaler (Dracula), The Romanian Cultural Foundation Publishing House, Bucuresti, 1999
* Radu Florescu, R.T.McNally, Dracula. A biography of Vlad the impaler, 1431-1476, New York, 1973
* Constantin C. Giurescu, The Life and Deeds of Vlad the Impaler. Dracula, New York: Romanian Library, 1969
In Romanian Language
* Matei Cazacu, Dracula,Editura Humanitas, Bucuresti, 2008
* Gheorghe Lazea-Postelnicu, Tepes Dracula un nume, un mit, Editura Mirador, Arad, 2002
* Radu Stefan Vergatti, Vlad Tepes - Dracula, Editura Minerva, Bucuresti, 1996
* Emil Stoian, Vlad Tepes. Mit si realitate istorica, Editura Albatros, Bucuresti, 1989
* Sergiu Columbeanu and Radu Valentin, Vlad Dracul, Editura Militara, Bucuresti, 1978
* Stefan Andreescu, Vlad Tepes (Dracula). Între legenda si adevar istoric, Bucuresti, 1976
* Ioan Bogdan, Vlad Tepes si naratiunile germane si rusesti asupra lui, Bucuresti, 1896
* the article "Cei mai de seama dascali si osteni" by Radu Stefan Ciobanu, in the revue Magazin Istoric, nr 11, November 1987
In Italian Language
* Gianfranco Giraudo, Drakula: Contributi alla storia delle idee politiche nell' Europa Orientale alla svolta del XV secolo, , 1972
In French Language
An Austriann oil painting of Vlad Dracula from c. 1560,
probably after a lost original painted during Vlad`s lifetime;
Ambras Castle, Tyrol, Austria
Vlad the Impaler as Pontius Pilate judging Jesus Christ. National Gallery, Ljubljana, 1463
Full-length portrait, 17th century
Attributed portrait; fresco by Benozzo Gozzoli, 1459-1462,
La Cappella dei Magi, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Firenze, Italy
Portrait, Nuremberg, 1488
Part of a wing image from the altar of the church of St. Maria, Vienna, painted in the year 1460.
The figure of Vlad Tepes (the man with the black cap) measures approximately 110 cm
Vlad the Impaler as Aegeas, the Roman proconsul in Patras, crucifying Saint Andrew. Approximately 1470–1480;
Belvedere Galleries, Vienna
Late 16th century German watercolor inscribed with the Latin text "Vladislavs Dracvla, Wallachiæ Weywoden," which translates as "Vladislav Dracula, Wallachia's Voivode;
Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart
Portrait attributed to Vlad II Dracul, the father of Vlad III Dracula, to be found in Vlad Dracul`s house, Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania;
photo: Dragonrouge, 2009
The ruins of the Voivodal Court and Church from Targoviste,
Tara Romaneasca (Wallachia), Romania;
this was the main palace of Vlad
Govora monastery, one of the churches build by Vlad
Tara Romaneasca(Wallachia), Romania
Golden ducat emitted by Vlad Voevod
On one side the crescent moon and a star on a half of the shield with the coat of arms of Wallachia, on the other the Wallachian eagle holding in it`s claws something that seems to be a dragon.
On this silver coin you can see a comet.It may be the same comet that Vlad wears in his Ambras Castle portrait on his forehead: Halley Comet could be seen on the sky at the beginning of his second and main reign in 1456
Sigismund`s Dragon Order images
One of two variants of the Dragon Order emblem
Deed of foundation of the Order of St George with the Order’s seal: Budapest, Magyar Orszagos Leveltar
Embroidered Order of the Dragon emblem | after 1408; Munich, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum
Drawing of Order of the Dragon badge, lily from a crown, and orb | 1755 or later; Budapest, Magyar Országos Levéltár, Archive of the Csáky family
Detail.Only the accompanying letter records that the Order of the Dragon badge, attached to a buckle, was made of gold and covered with enamel.The item was found in the Emperor Sigismund grave in 1755.
Ceremonial Sword of the city of York, with dragon emblem | Blade: South Germany (?), hilt and symbols: Hungary (?), 1408—1416; York, the Lord Mayor of York and the City of York Council (Mansion House)
Henry V of England admitted Sigismund into the Order of the Garter, and the new member was given a place in the Order’s chapel in Windsor. The king of Hungary then presented the chapel with a sword adorned with the insignia of his own order, and it was hung above his pew. After his death, the sword became the property of the Windsor chapter in exchange for a mass said for salvation of his soul, and in 1439 a canon presented it to the city of York, to be carried in front of its Lord Mayor. This medieval tradition is still observed in the city.
The insignia of the Order of the Dragon from the Livland: Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstgewerbemuseum
Fabric with fiery cross(another symbol of the Dragon Order) and AEIOU device | Venice (?), c. 1400, with later inscription; Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
Bone saddle (Jankovich Saddle) | Central Europe, 1420—1440; Budapest, Magyar Nemzeti Muzeum
The tradition says it was offered by Sigismund III to Vlad II Dracul
Detail with a character slaying the dragon.
King Sigismund’s large drinking horn detail | c. 1400, with later alterations and repairs; Esztergom, Foszekesegyhazi Kincstar; detail: the dragon, the symbol of the Order
Portrait of Oswald von Wolkenstein | c. 1432; Innsbruck, Universitatsbibliothek, Liederhandschift B
Detail with the Dragon Order emblem
Master E. S.: Miniature of the letter ‘T’ with the insignia of the Order of the Dragon (Munich, c.1460): Munich, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung
Official act emitted by Vlad; the first known inscription that mentions the city Bucharest, now the capital of Romania; Vlad ordered to be built here one of his Voevodal residences.
1.Dracula really existed?
He was the Wallachian Voivode Vlad III Dracula (1431?-1476?),
also known as Vlad Tepes (meaning Vlad the Impaler in Romanian).
2.He is the same with Bram Stoker`s character?
Stoker used what he could find out about Vlad as one of his main sources for making his novel more exotic and fascinating (Vlad inspired him the heroic side of the character, making it more interesting), however there are some differences between the real character and the historical one (Vlad was not a Sekely, but more like Vallachian, he was not a Count but a Voivode, his main hiding place was Poienari Castle in Northern Vallachia, not an invented castle near Borgo pass).It`s a fantasy novel so these adds are a testimony of the author`s skills.
The Dragon Order has 7 ranks.
A Vampire Rave member can hold more then one rank of the Order in the same time.
~ protector of the order ~
The rank 0, Baslilisk, is reserved for the members of Vampire Rave who have a special rank on Vampire Rave: Acolyte, Dominar, Procurator, Sentoran, Consul, Master Vampire or Regent.
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The ranks of the Inner Circle (Dragon, Balaur, Zmeu/Zmeoaica) are reserved for the members of the Coven of the Forbidden Fruit.
~ author of articles and active research (inside CFF) ~
~ provides graphics and editing for the order (inside CFF) ~
~ sympathetic member(inside CFF) ~
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The Ranks of the Outer Circle (Hydra, Wyvern, Serpent) are reserved for the members from VR that are not members of the Coven of Forbidden Fruit.
~ author of articles and active research (outside CFF) ~
~ provides graphics and editing for the order (outside CFF) ~
~ sympathetic member (outside CFF) ~
Any member of VR may be a member of the Dragon Order.
Joining the Order as a member of the Outer Circle and posting your rank on the page won`t make you be bound to two Covens: your coven and the Coven Of The Forbidden Fruit.It`s just your way of saying that you care about the research on Vlad`s life and help us make his deeds knew as they really were on the Dark Network.
The membership and ranking are granted by the founder of the Order, Dragonrouge with the surveillance of the Order`s Basilisks.
If you want to be a part of the Order, please send a message to it`s founder:
If you wish to join as a Serpent, all you have to do is to check out our pages each week and post the Serpent banner on your profile linked to our page.This way, you let other Dark Network members know where to find proper information about the historical Dracula.
The message have to include information about your skills if you want to join us as a Hydra or Wyvern.
The Dragon Order of The Coven of the Forbidden Fruit
is not a chivalric, religious or occult order.
Although it`s name is inspired by the chivalric order Societas Draconistrarum created 600 years earlier in 12 December 1408 by Sigismund of Luxemburg, Holy German Emperor and King of Hungary, it has no link with that order or any other order or organization.
12 december 2008
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