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By Florica Cimpoies

GENRE: War, Historical

Bring Me to the Light is the story of a maligned hero, whose military brilliance and heroism were cloaked by myth as dread deeds of a maniacal killer; the legendary Vlad the Impaler, opposing Mehmed The Conqueror.


BRING ME TO THE LIGHT chronicles the compelling life of European

hero, VLAD (Vlad III Bassarab), better known in America as Count

Dracula. Dracula being derived-deformed from the Dragul, Te Loved,

surname given by the people to Vlad Father and son Vlad as very dear and

loved, respected defenders.

Florica Cimpoies cleverly personifes the gentle spirit of the DANUBE

RIVER as our timeless and omniscient narrator, who ever lives to will

prosperity over the beloved lands she courses through.

We open with Mehmed is at the gates of Constantinople, ready to demolish

the eternal walls of the sacred city. Elsewhere, Sigismund of Luxemburg is

knighting crowned heads under the banner of the Order Of the Dragon.

Te last Knight is Vlad II, heir to the legendary Mircea the Elder, victor

against the famous sultan Bajazet L’Éclair.

At home, in Sighisoara a son is born to the new knight : Vlad. Ersilia the

mother has a terrible dream before his birth and she drugs herself to stay

awake when the fairies descend to bring the newborn his life path. But,

the legend holds that no human shall see them, and Ersilia will soon pay

with her life. Informed of his destiny, she guides Vlad, who loves alchemy,

toward science. So sheltered by his mother, he rejects the martial path.

Vlad’s childhood ends abruptly, with the death of his mother, followed

quickly by being held hostage by the Sultan Murad along with his younger

half- brother Radu. Tey are guarantees, pawns of peace in case of rebellion

of their family’s kingdom. Vlad is attached to a pole on the battlefeld

during the crusade of Varna to force his brother Mircea to retire short of

victory; this will cause the death of King Jagellon of Poland, and insures the

victory of the Ottomans.

Returned to the sultan’s stables, Vlad drinks in the bitter death of his

father and brother Mircea; he decides it’s time to fght. An old horsekeeper,

Baku, former captain and trainer of Mircea the Elder, trains him secretly.

Rescued by Arnulf a Varangian Guard, Vlad returns to Wallachia, becomes

Voivode (Warrior-King), supported by Skanderberg the Albanian hero.

But everything goes too fast; his reign is short and tragic: he loses his

bride Oana and he’s lef for dead in an ambush. A mysterious young healer

Blanca and a horse, Mourgou save him; but in his grief he is a shadow, and becomes a wanderer.

Having lost the will to live he almost causes the death of

Mourgou, by provoking an avalanche. Faced with death again, Vlad chooses

life, saves the horse, and aferwards, his cousin Stefan of Moldavia. Tey live

as fugitives in Transylvania and are almost killed many times across forests

and shady hostels. Sheltered by peasants, they get to the famous Girl-market

in Gaina. A famous sausage-maker, Hans from Sibiu, leads them to Iancu

de Hunedoara, the governor of Transylvania, who wants to get Vlad on the

throne again.

Vlad rejects the throne, preferring to join the defenders on the walls of

Constantinople, which is under siege by Mehmed. He brings along Urbain,

a master cannon maker who proposes to Emperor Constantin XI to build a

cannon designed to annihilate the entire army of Mehmed. Te Emperor fnds

the cannon too expensive, and places his hopes on the former impregnable

walls of the city, and on allies which will never come from the westerns

monarchs. Te Pope sends money, but no troops. Sadly this money would

have paid for the cannon. Mehmed who is passionate about new weaponry

intercepts Urbain and orders him to build the cannon directly in front of

the Saint Roman Gate of Constantinople. Te 544 kg projectiles destroy the

ancient wall, ending the reign of a sacred city, when afer a long and terrifying

night of fghting, Mehmed enters the city. Te Emperor dies fghting on the

wall among his soldiers. With his final order, the Emperor sends Vlad by a

secret passage under the basilica Hagia Sophia, taking with him hundreds of

people. Arnulf joins them on the seashore where a Trireme is waiting.

Constantinople burns and the world map changes for ever. Mehmed’s

megalomania drives towards the heart of Europe, across the Danube with a

28-division force of 350,000 men, twice the number he had in Constantinople.

He would annihilate Wallachia in a burst, overrun Transylvania, Hungary,

and from there, all the capitals of Europe would be at his mercy. His Holy War

would be won before Europe would wake from its slumber.

To stop the invasion, Vlad becomes again Voivode with the help of Iancu De

Hunedoara. He trains his small army of 12,000 into an elite troop destined to

destroy Mehmed’s huge army.

In Europe, Pope Pius II appeals to Christian Monarchies to support the

brave voivode and his small force. All the crowned heads of Europe say yes,

but no one come.

Vlad burns the country and poisons the water before the invaders,

transforming the land into a terrifying trap that will leave Mehmed’s army

starving to death. Vlad hides the families and animals deep in the mountains

and uses a guerrilla war tactics to gradually destroy Mehmed’s ability to

conduct operations. In a spectacular night attack by torchlight, his small and

well-trained force enters the Turkish camp and kills thousands of Turks. Te

Sultan himself barely eludes death. Mehmed recalls his army and goes toward

Tirgoviste the capital. Here, he fnds all the dead bodies of the soldiers killed

by Vlad and his army since they crossed the Danube. Tey are all

impaled before the citadel. Mehmed says it’s impossible to take the land of a

such a man, and decides to retreat to the port of Braila, where he burns and

plunders before he embarks. Vlad catches him, however, recovering much

of what the Turks had stolen. Mehmed is saved again, this time by his horse,

who takes an arrow meant for Mehmed.

Stefan of Moldavia and Matthias of Hungary who are being manipulated

by the spies of Mehmed and by enemies inside their own realm betray their

protector Vlad. A web of intrigues hobbles Vlad, and Matthias arrests him,

claiming to protect him from his detractors. He keeps him twelve years in a

dungeon in Vishegrad, looking over the Danube.

Te grateful Pope is instrumental in returning Vlad to his throne, and

the resurgent voivode is soon at the head of the fght against the returning

Turks. His detractors are never far behind, and Vlad is killed during a pivotal

battle against the Turks. Victorious he watches his braves knights chasing the

Turks from a hilltop, when dozens of spears pierce his body and his horse.

His head is brought to Mehmed, who kills the messenger on the spot as he

acknowledges Vlad was killed from behind. He orders both heads placed on

pikes in front of his palace, to let everyone know Kaziglu Bei (Vlad) is dead

and the traitors will have the same fate as the messenger.

Tis battle marks the last attempt of the Turks to take Vlad’s homeland

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