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  1. Vlad III, commonly known as Vlad the Impaler ( Romanian: Vlad Țepeș [ ˈ v l a d ˈ ts e p e ʃ]) or Vlad Dracula ( / ˈdrækjʊlə, - jə -/; Romanian: Vlad Drăculea [ ˈ d r ə k u l e̯a]; 1428/31 – 1476/77), was Voivode of Wallachia three times between 1448 and his death in 1476/77.

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  2. Nov 1, 2021 · Also known as Vlad III, Vlad Dracula (son of the Dragon), and—most famously—Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes in Romanian), he was a brutal, sadistic leader famous for torturing his foes. By some estimates he is responsible for the deaths of more than 80,000 people in his lifetime—a large percentage of them by impalement.

    • The Son of The Dragon Is Born
    • How Vlad The Impaler Took Power and Embraced Brutality
    • The Real Dracula’s Reign of Terror
    • The Origins of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

    Because the historical record is often spotty when it comes to the story of Vlad the Impaler (otherwise as known as Vlad III), we know only that he was born between 1428 and 1431 during a time of unrest in Wallachia. His mother, the queen, came from a Moldavian royal family and his father was Vlad II Dracul. The surname translates to “dragon” and w...

    In 1448, Vlad returned to Wallachia to take back the throne from Vladislav II, the man who had taken his father’s place. He succeeded, but after just a few months, the deposed Vladislav returned and took back the throne. But in 1456, Vlad returned with an army and support from Hungary and was able to take the throne from Vladislav for a second time...

    Vlad the Impaler was an undeniably brutal ruler. Nevertheless, much of Christian Europe supported his strong, if macabre, defense of Wallachia from various incursions from Muslim Ottoman forces. In fact, even Pope Pius II expressed admiration for the notoriously violent ruler’s military feats. A threat to Europe was deemed a threat to Christendom a...

    Though Vlad the Impaler’s atrocities are undoubtedly terrifying, how exactly might the “real Dracula” have helped inspire Bram Stoker‘s fictional vampire? The answer might lie with the gory tales of the bloodthirsty monarch’s exploits. According to one legend, Vlad Dracula enjoyed dipping his bread in the blood of his victims, but the authenticity ...

    • Natasha Ishak
  3. Oct 31, 2013 · A portrait of Vlad the Impaler, circa 1450, from a painting in Castle Ambras in the Tyrol. Getty Years of captivity Under the Ottomans, Vlad and his younger brother were tutored in science,...

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  5. Vlad III, commonly known as Vlad the Impaler ( Romanian: Vlad Țepeș [ ˈ v l a d ˈ ts e p e ʃ]) or Vlad Dracula ( / ˈdrækjələ /; Romanian: Vlad Drăculea [ ˈ d r ə k u l e̯a]; November 1431 – 1476/77), was Prince of Wallachia three times between 1448 and his death in 1476/77.

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