The Veiled Mirror: The Story of Prince Vlad Dracula’s Lost Love
Christine Lee Frost
Copyright 2009 Christine Lee Frost
For my mother, Faye McNall, for always encouraging creativity and imagination.
What started as a ten-page short story nearly a decade ago kept growing. Once the consort of Prince Vlad Dracula found her voice, she revealed details of Wallachian history that made the legend of Dracula much richer, more tangible, than the myths that are so well-known today. As an ardent researcher, I sought to find a balance between the legend and the actual history, and to bring to light a person about whom little was known, but who deserved to tell her side of the story. I’d particularly like to thank the faculty of Harvard University Extension School for their guidance as this novel evolved over several revisions while I made it the focus of my master’s program: Paul Harding, Stratis Haviaras, William Holinger, Grace (Gretchen) Dane Mazur, Sue Weaver Schopf, and Maria Tatar. Additionally, thank you to my friends who have been so supportive and gave invaluable advice: Ann Hall, Leslie Macmillan, Ellen Gordon Reeves, and Carla Santiago. And to the crew who made the unforgettable September 2005 journey to Romania with the Alviogut Foundation—thank you for your words of encouragement and continued friendship: Heather Haley, Cynthia Huntington, Jen Karetnick, Joe Keleher, Ceridwen Lewin, Michelle Ridgely, Lee Tulloch, and Eric Wilson. And to everyone who has been there for me—thank you.