The Romanian prince Vlad the Impaler led the savage local resistance to the Turks, but he is remembered as more of a legend than a man - the historical basis for the fictional character Count Dracula from Bram Stokers novel Dracula.
But Romanian women did not simply accept their fate.
However, perhaps the darkest period of Romanian history occurred during the communist period from 1947 to 1989 when it was oppressed by one of the most efficient secret police forces in the world.
One of the few good things to happen during the communist period was that Romania developed one of the strongest women's sports programs in the world.
Romanian girls are often viewed as mysterious, sexy, and beautiful for a very good reason - often it's true.
Romanian brides are an exotic mix of east and west - the ancient and the modern and the reason is historical.