I spy a Tudor period sleeve on Henry VIII on page 17. Is that really Queen Elizabeth I 's crown on page 27? Did you spot Anne Boleyn's extra finger on page 21? How about any other extra body parts? Learn about all the historical details in each of Beccia's paintings and see if you can spy some hidden clues that reveal the answer to each rumor. Grab your book and get out that magnifying glass. Don't have the book? That's a royal shame. Get the book to see the art up close>>
On page 6-7, Vlad is portrayed wearing the same clothing that he wore in this 15th century oil painting. It is one of the only surviving painting of the Impaler.
In the background on page 7, you will find the ruined remains of Whitby Abbey located on the North East Coast of England. During the English Reformation in 1540, The abbey was destroyed by Henry VIII (a character that appears later in the book). Bram Stoker wrote his gothic novel, Dracula while staying at the Royal Hotel on the western side of Whitby. It was said that the ruined remains of the abbey inspired him to write Dracula and the scene in which Dracula arrives in England in the form of a dog.
I chose to include this landmark over the more famous tourist attraction, Castle Dracula because, despite its name, Castle Dracula was never the home of Vlad the Impaler. And Whitby Abbey is also far more creepy looking than Castle Dracula!
In one of the gravestones to the right you will find the symbol that represented the Order of the Dragon. The Order of the Dragon was the knightly order who made it their mission to defend Catholicism and drive out the Turks. The order was represented by a winged dragon with a curled tail that sometimes held a cross. Vlad's father, (Vlad II) was a member of this order and used the above symbol on his coinage. Vlad the Impaler later adopted the symbol too.
Dracula's Resting Place
Vlad supposedly died in the battle against the Turks in 1476 (or he may have been poisoned by his enemies.) His body was reportedly buried in an island monastery near Bucharest called Snagov, (shown above) but when his grave was dug up...his body was gone.
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