SHAHNAMEH, the epic “Book of Kings” written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi a thousand years ago, served as an inspiration to Prince Vlad from childhood until the end of his life. You encountered for the first time references to Shahnameh in Book One of Dracula Chronicles, “Son of the Dragon”; you will encounter new references in Book Three, “House of War”. If you are like me, your reading enjoyment will be heightened by seeing a couple of pages from this extraordinary poem. Over the past thousand years the illustrations of Shahnameh have been re-imagined by many miniature artists, and its text rendered by many notable calligraphers. No two copies of this book look alike, but the enchanting stories of heroism, love, loyalty, and betrayal will eternally be the same.
These illustrations represent two pages from a very ancient, anonymous edition of Shahnameh, acquired in Marocco by the author.