A Florescu Family Saga
[T]he book is lively and engaging. The Dracula Professor has had a full and interesting life, bracketed by his colorful Romanian ancestors and by his successful children, some of whom returned to post-Communist Romania as entrepreneurs. Draculas Bloodline is a good read. * Journal of Folklore Research *
Radu R. Florescu was born in Bucharest, Romania and is an indirect descendant of Prince Dracula. He received both BA and MA degrees from Christ Church, Oxford University and a PhD from Indiana University. He is professor emeritus of history at Boston College and is author of The Struggle Against Russia in the Romanian Principalities and co-author of a half dozen books on the story of Vlad Tepes, the historical Dracula. With almost a dozen books to his name, his academic work has been the subject of documentaries by The History Channel, Discovery, Canadian Broadcasting, and other international networks. Matei Cazacu received his BA and MA from the University of Bucharest and his PhD from the Sorbonne in Paris. He served as a senior researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. Professor Cazacu is the author of a few dozen books including Dracula (Tallandier, Paris, 2004), Gilles de Rais, or Blue Beard, (Tallandier, Paris, 2005), and Frankenstein (with Professor Florescu, Tallandier, 2011). A medievalist, Professor Cazacu lectures throughout Europe and has appeared in documentaries on The History Channel and Romanian television.
Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Romanian Court Dignitaries and Terms in English Chapter 1 My Name is Florea Chapter 2 The Wolfman Serves Vlad Dracul Chapter 3 A Florescu-Dracula Marriage Chapter 4 Maria the Old Saves the Florescu Name Chapter 5 The Tragic Death of Two Half-Brothers: Michael the Brave and Radu Florescu Chapter 6 The Florescus During the Seventeenth Century: Manners Maketh Man Chapter 7 Florescu Survival Under Greek Rule Chapter 8 The Revolutionary Household in Bucharest 1848 Chapter 9 A Conservative General and a Liberal Musician Reunite Chapter 10 A Patriot of Greater Romania Chapter 11 Radu Florescu: An Undiplomatic Diplomat Chapter 12 Radu Florescu: The Absent-Minded Professor Chapter 13 The Search for Dracula Chapter 14 Uncle George and Aunt Elza Florescu Milescu Survive Fascism and Battle Communism Epilogue The Post-Communist Generation: Quest for New Frontiers and Reclaiming the Values of Old Genealogy Florescu Land and Property Holdings (Fourteenth-Nineteenth Centuries) Index