Vampire of Belgrade fortress – Constantin von Feld

This is one of the recent vampire cases. While doing their every day job workers found a remote room in Belgrade medieval fortress that was packed with old newspapers, dirty rags, old mattress and typewriter and one book. That was book “Ale i Bauci” (translated:”Dragons and Bogeys”) written by Mr. Peragraš.  Nobody gave very big importance to that book, but the book Constantin von Feldwas sent to publisher. After closer inspection of the book workers in publisher’s office seen that the book has a lot of attached notes and additions added and they asked author to come and see it. The easiest was to determine the owner. On the inside cover written in heraldic ex libris stated Constantin von Feld.    On the first page of book stated this: With my humble additions and note, C.v .F. and below that was old dark red wax stamp that had incused scarab.

His story begins in one of the wars on Balkan when his father Count Kronenfeld, commander of the regiment in army of Prince Eugene of Savoy under direct command of Feldmarschall Piccolomini’s in 1689. While returning from that campaign Count Kronenfeld met a gipsy lady and fell in love and brought her with him to Vienna where they married and have a son Constantin in 1690. or 1691. His mother died quickly after that and there are no any other records about her. After his father’s he didn’t inherit the title or the money and he is forced to join the army in 1722. At least he was pointed as baron so he was not a foot soldier. He was in military till 1739. in Belgrade where he become s a vampire in 1726. Young beautiful girl with black eyes bit him after he gave her 3 gold coins (ducat) for something completely different.

A lot of data about Feld are based on unpublished letters of Scottish nobleman, adventurer and Officer John Lindsay (twentieth Earl of Crawford, 1702-1749). In this letter John Lindsay say that while he was recovering of the wounds from battle at Grocka in 1739. one Austrian Officer (discreetly called baron F.) was entertaining him with vampires stories. Lindsay very accurately describes Feld’s life – his mother, family in Vienna and even a black eyed vampire that bit Feld. What we know for sure that Feld was one of the small number of passengers that evacuated survivors from Belgrade to Petrovaradin. After debarking in Petrovaradin on November 4th 1739 there is no written record about Feld until 1748. He is a painting assistant to Josef Lederer in Czech Republic. In late 18th and on the beginning of 19th century we can find Feld in Venice, Groznjan in Istria and Trieste. In 1828 he comes back in Zemun, Serbia where he has some adventures with Tika Hadžiraspopović, butcher and vampire. Their adventures are not full of blood, but rather rakija – very strong alcoholic beverage from Serbia and one of these adventures could be fatal for Feld. He fell in ice cold Danube and only luck saved him. Mr. Peragraš founds him in Sarajevo and Novi Sad all the way to World War 1. Time between wars and second world war he is in Belgrade and the last written evidence is in 1952 he goes to trip in Zaječar and after that we found that book in Belgrade fortress in 2009.

Is Feld still alive and in Serbia, I cannot tell. Even the author Mr. Peragraš can’t do it. All we know is one more note added to book that says: “To Anahit: Don’t worry, I’ll be back. K”

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