Wednesday, 29 January 2020
vampires from history
The hype train is pulling into the station, Sony is pushing the new superhero Morbuis.
This character being based on a vampire so this got me thinking with the upturn in vamp based entertainment, the popularity of the BBC reboot of Dracula could it be time to take a look at the blood suckers.
Here are five of the best potentially real vampires from history. Cover necks, put on the garlic grab a stake and
Let’s take a look
The vampire legend has long been with us and it has created billions of dollars from the sale of everything from books to movies and even roleplaying merchandise.
The blood suckers have even been used to sell cereal!!!
Now the comic book movie craze steps back into the shadows something it hasn’t dome since the Blade movies. The Marvel character Morbius the Living Vampire, a.k.a. Dr. Michael Morbius, is a fictional character appearing in Marvel Comics.
Roy Thomas was the man responsible for the characters creation and the iconic design was down to penciler Gil Kane, Morbius first showed his Vampiric self as the antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man #101.
The Spiderman villain and later antihero was based on the horror icon that is Dracula, this being said he is not a true vampire. He does have vampire like abilities these coming from a failed treated of a rare blood disorder rather than from the bite of a Nosferatu.
He shares the same blood lust as normal vampire and this leads him to attack and of course Spiderman then has to step in and stop the pseudo- vamp.
The comic book villain was inspired by the creation of Bram Stoker Dracula being a character they wanted in the pages of the Marvel universe but they were unable to secure the rights so they made their own version. The character Dracula was in turn was based on the real life tyrant Vlad the Impaler. These stories both being interwoven with the rich legends of vampires which are as old as far civilization itself.
So with such a rich history there must be some good evidence for the existence of these creatures of the night.
Let’s look at five potentially real-life vampires, and see if we can uncover some truth behind the thousands of tales of blood sucking, shape shifting and never aging princes and princesses of darkness.
First up we have to start with the most famous, the most popular and dare I say the most charming of vamps Lord Dracul , Dracula.
Base on the real life figure Vlad Tepish, the 14 century lord. The story really begins when in 1442, Vlad III and his younger brother, Radu, were gifted to a Sultan named Murad II, who ruled of the Ottoman Empire at that time.
The brothers were kept captive insuring that the Hungarian loyal principality would stick to the peace imposed by the Ottomans.
The boys actually gained some advantages from their incarceration being educated to the highest level of the time. They were tutored in science, philosophy and the arts. This is when Some historians make the argument that Vlad also learned the art of impalement, an action he became so infamous for it lead to him being gifted it a moniker.
Vlad's cruelty is well documented in historical texts, but what often goes overlooked is how he combined this cruelty with cunning to terrorize his enemies, some have suggested that this was the beginnings of the vampire tale with stories told of Vlad drinking human blood.
a 15th-century German poem indicates that Vlad was a blood drinker.
The poem points out that Vlad enjoyed dinning among his impaled victims, dipping his bread in their blood.
This making him a real life vampire and from there the legend grew.
The second story goes back to 1582, a one Johannes Cuntius, a civic official with a surname destin to get him in some trouble. Coming from the Czech town of Pentsch, the man met his maker, or maybe did not, when a horse kicked him in the head.
The man was taken to his bed to die from the injuries when another bad omen arrived in the form of a black cat which jumped onto the bed. The man passed away from his equine related injuries and this is when villager began to report strange goings on.
The villagers claimed that they saw the man roaming the streets in the night and that he left a foul smell everywhere he went. The people in the village claimed that the undead man was feeding off them while they slept, they needed to put an end to this before the sickness that they claimed was being spread by the vampire grew worse.
Their solution was to exhume the body in the day time, chop off the head and burn what remained to ash.
This put an end to the strange phenomena.
On to number three and a women that often tops the list of history’s biggest murderers, the Countess Elizabeth Bathory. Once again we head to the home of Vlad, Transylvania. In 1560 the countess was born into the wealthy ruling class. Elizabeth was a noblewoman who had it all she was beautiful and wealthy.
She was all set to marry at the age 12 to Ferenc Nádasdy, a rich gentleman of the day. The two wed in 1575 and by all accounts lived happily until in 1604 when Elizabeth’s love passed away.
This sent the women off the rails and she was determined to stay young and beautiful and find herself a new love, she would attempt to achieve this by bathing in the blood of young virgins. She would have her loyal staff bring her, at first girls from her palace, and eventually girls from nearby villages she would slice them open collecting their fresh blood in a tub in which she would wash.
She believed the blood kept her young and beautiful and there are those that say it did. Eventually she was made a prisoner in her own castle for these antics, though she was never tried for her crimes. She lived there alone until her death in 1614.
So I guess she didn’t have the vampire trait of immortality.
In the fourth spot we have the story of the Alnwick Castle Vampire.
The castle is a landmark in Northumberland built in 1096 it has long been at the center of many local myths and legends. One of these was the claimed existence of a vampire.
This story was put to paper by historian William de Newburgh.
The story begins with a man’s death as all vampire legends do, and then takes a bit of a bizarre turn almost merging with the famous French tale of the Hunch back of Notre dame.
This because once the man had been buried locals began to report a hunch back causing chaos, in a situation similar to that of the second tale the villagers dug up the man’s body in the daylight hours, they were a little less finessed than the previous villagers, hacking the corpse to pieces with their spades.
As they did so the body began bleed proof enough for the in frenzied men and women to have proof of vampire in their midst. They finished the process by burning the body and the hunch back vamp was never seen again.
Now for the fifth and final vampire tale.
Again in England this time we find ourselves at Blandford a tiny English town of Blandford a chocolate box town not far from the popular country retreat of Dorset.
The tranquility of the town was shattered in 1762 when a servant going by the William Doggert made the poor choice of robbing his master blind.
Instead of finding happiness in the wealth of his ill-gotten gains William slipped into deep sadness this culminating with the former servant taking his own life a short year later.
In a pattern that you probably are well aware of Death was not the end for poor William Doggett.
Locals began to say that they had seen the man in the streets of the town in the middle of night and that he was driving a phantom carriage hunting the street of Blandford to satisfy his newly acquired taste for human blood.
Once again using the safety provided by daylight the villagers found the man’s grave and removed the body, they were shocked when what they found was a body as fresh as the day it had been buried. This was the confirmation of Williams’s transformation into a vampire.
Under the guidance of a priest the body was subjected to the same treatment seen in the Alnwick Castle Vampire and Johannes Cuntius tales and peace then returned to the English town.
These few stories are just the tip of the preverbal stake when talking about real Vampires, there are many stories about alleged real-life vampires.
Many of these are much scarier than the popular tales Dracula or Twilight, although the later terrifies for other reasons.
What vampire legends and stories do you enjoy, do you believe that hematologicaly challenged are among us, what experience with the undead have you had?Let me know in the comments below
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