Vlad the Impaler Romania

The first written document about Bucharest, the capital of Romania, was written by none other than Vlad the Impaler, also known as Dracula, on 20th September 1459.

Vlad the Impaler Dracula document sealed with a curse

The document represents a contract for purchase and sale of some lands in Wallachia (now a part of Romania). Vlad the Impaler signed that document with the following words: “This document was written on 20th September 6968 (year 1459) in Bucharest citadel. I, Vlad the King, with the mercy of our Great Lord”. And this is the first time, the city of Bucharest, now the capital of Romania, was mentioned officially in a document that lasted to our day.

Many see it as an intriguing fact that the first document that proves the existence of Bucharest, signed by Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century, also includes a curse.

The curse, word by word, as it was written and signed by Vlad the Impaler

“And he and his flesh shall be destroyed by the word of the good Lord and in the afterlife his soul shall be with Judas and Arius and with others that said: his blood over them and over their children, what it is and it will always be forever, amen”

(THE CURSE IN ROMANIAN: “(…) Pe acela Domnul Dumnezeu să-l nimicească şi să-l ucidă aici cu trupul, iar în veacul viitor sufletul lui, să fie părtaş lui Iuda şi lui Arie şi cu ceilalti care au spus: sângele lui asupra lor şi asupra copiilor lor, ceea ce este şi va fi in veci, amin(…)”)

This document also states that Vlad the Impaler received a horse as a tax payment for writing this document.

Vlad the Impaler drowing

Drawing artist: Gabriel Tora

Historians say that ending a contract with a curse was pretty common in those days. We could almost call it a trend. People were fascinated with curses and the spell books trade was flourishing.

Ending a document with a curse was a way to compel people to honor the terms of the contract.

Bucharest in 1789

Many also say that this curse at the end of the first document mentioning Bucharest is an inauspicious omen for the Capital of Romania and it has brought only bad luck to the city and its people.

Unfortunately, the document cannot be seen (at the moment) as it is in the archives of the National Museum of History but not on display.

3 COMMENTS

  1. You are wrong, that was the standard text, which you will find in any letter o many voivodes (for instance read the letters of Dragul, Tepeș simply took the form Dragul used in his letters) giving lands to monasteries. In that final part voivodes wrote what would happen to those who would like to destroy the monastery and take the lands. And the translation is also wrong, the Slavic text says “and with those people who were against Jesus Christ, our savior, because his blood is on them and on their children”.

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