Unexpected Things I Come Across During Procrastination: Dracula’s Gay Brother

Written by: Aymen Sherwani – Grade 11

Being an IB Diploma student is painful – especially if you’re taking HL History, with all the overwhelming weight of Eurocentric history bearing down upon you in the form of textbooks, internal assessments and academic journals. However, it can at times be extremely rewarding, like when it becomes so painstakingly boring, it gives me no other choice but to delve deeper into the strange archives of cyberspace in search for something amusing.

Like Dracula’s gay brother. (Which totally existed!)

dracula

Before anyone says anything about garlic and fangs, Vlad the Impaler, prince of Wallachia, was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the infamous Count Dracula of Transylvania. #OriginalEdwardCullen

Vlad the Impaler

He reigned during the time period in which the Ottoman Empire ruled the Balkan region. Anyway, when he and his brother were young, they were sent as tribute to Sultan Murad II as hostages in the Ottoman court, where his brother met the young prince Mehmed II, who immediately took a liking to him. Radu, the younger sibling of Vlad Dracul III, became known as Radu Cel Frumos (or the Handsome), because Mehmed II had a huge crush on him and totally wanted in his pants. [1]

Long story short, as the pair grew older, Emperor Mehmed II developed feelings for Radu and tried to kiss him, but Radu freaked out, literally shanked Mehmed in the leg and ran up a nearby tree. What’s amusing though is that Mehmed was like, “You know what? I’m not even mad he stabbed me because he’s hella fine,” while his court doctors stitched him up. Eventually Radu did come back and rekindle his “friendship” with the Emperor.

constantinopleAccording to Greek chronicler Laonikos Chalkokondyles,

“The Emperor kissed him and the boy sheathed a dagger and cut the Emperor’s thigh and then ran away. The doctors healed the Emperor’s wound. And the boy climbed a tree nearby and stayed hidden. Only after the Emperor left, the boy descended and walked away and then came back to the court and again he was the Emperor’s favourite.”

I know, it’s weird – but that’s what happened!

Eventually, Radu converted to Islam, and followed Mehmed in conquering the city of Constantinople, also living with him in his palace until he died at age 40 due to syphilis (if it can’t get any more obvious). #PowerCouple

What I still cannot absorb is the fact that Mehmed II, a.k.a. the Conqueror of Constantinople – a religious hero in the eyes of many Muslims and Turks, was actually dating the brother of Dracula.  Never in my life would I have guessed that the brother of the man who inspired popular culture vampirism would actually be boyfriends with one of the most prominent Muslim leaders known in history.

This has been one of my many reasons as to why procrastination is a good thing. #TheMoreYouKnow

 

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