Alan Ogden


Travels in and around Transylvania

Winds of Sorrow is an eclectic collection of essays compiled by the author during his travels to Transylvania in northern Romania between 1998 and 2004. What was at first a mere inkling of a name on a map in a faraway Ruritanian land unfolds into an exotic medley of fascinating people and picturesque places. The complex truths behind the convoluted history of Transylvania are revealed as the reader journeys to the medieval towns and villages of this former Principality, once famous throughout the courts of Europe. These are journeys not to be missed!

“In this meticulously researched account, Alan Ogden swiftly drives a stake through the heart of the vampire myth…”
 The Guardian

Winds of Sorrow adds significantly to a body of work that amounts to a valuable contribution to European culture, testifying to the tenacity of its virtues as well as to its horrors.”
The Spectator

“The rural areas, a microcosm of mediaeval life, are filled with proud and generous inhabitants. Images of smoke, darkness and inclement weather contrast with gorgeous vistas, the luminosity of church art and the beauty of an unsullied countryside.”
Geographical Magazine

263 pages

Out of stock

ISBN: 978-988-97764-1-1. Category: .

After a career including twelve years as an infantry officer with the Grenadier Guards and a long and enjoyable stint in international advertising and public relations, Alan decided to change direction and write about the history and culture of Eastern Europe. His books include Romania Revisited, Fortresses of FaithRevelations of Byzantium and Moons and Aurochs. In 2010, Through Hitler’s Back Door, his well-received study of SOE in Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, broke new ground and A Spur Called Courage, Sons of Odysseus and Tigers Burning Bright continued his coverage of the courage and heroism of SOE operatives.

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Weight 590 g
Dimensions 216 x 138 x 30 mm


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