This story dates back from the 14th century, when Vlad Tepes ruled Walachia and most of Transylvania. (remember Bram Stoker's Dracula?) At least, he alternated that rule with the Turks. The Turks had the cross and during the wars in the 1300's the Boyard princes stole it back. The silver cross was encrusted with rubies, diamonds, emeralds and sapphires-jewels of the most precious kind. The rubies came from Burma, where the most highly prized gems came from. The Boyards called themselves "The League of the Silver Cross." In the beginning, Prince Vlad was popular among the people, but he became so cruel and later insane that they had to do something. It is rumored he was killed by his own men in one of the Romanian-Turk wars in the 1400's. The silver cross remained in the Dkany Monastery until an earthquake in the 1500's destroyed it--rumor.
You'll find out about that and more while reading the book.
Is this true? Much of it is. The League of the Silver Cross is Elena and her family's history. That is fiction based on truth. Vlad Tepes' history is pretty much true.
Sunday, October 16, 2016