Mihnea cel Rău, the son of Vlad III Dracula, and his first wife, was Voivode of Wallachia from 1508 to 1509, having replaced his first cousin Radu cel Mare. During his reign, he ruled alongside his son Mircea III Dracul in the year 1509. Unpopular among the boyars, he was overthrown with Ottoman assistance, prompting him to take refuge in Transylvania – where he was to be murdered in front of the Sibiu Cathedral, being buried inside the church.
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After his father's death, Mihnea ambitiously attempted to succeed him. He organized several raids with the aid of boyars who supported his father and were eager to support his son. In 1508, Mihnea finally succeeded in gaining the throne, but it would not take long for the tainted majority of noblemen to notice the familiar pattern of Romanian patriotism. Mihnea, like his father, was an exhaustingly driven crusader for Christianity. He too wanted an Eastern Europe free of Turkish rule and aggression. But with corruption in high positions (whether royal or noble), he too would suffer the similar fate of his father.
Historical documents reveal the two women whom Mihnea married. His first wife, Smaranda, died before 1485. His second, Voica, was widowed by Mihnea's assassination. She raised their two sons, Miloș and Mircea II Dracul (who later took the title "Mircea II"), and their daughter Ruxandra, and continued to reside in Sibiu, Transylvania. It is known that Mihnea had taken a preference to his younger son Mircea II Dracul, whom he named after his great-grandfather Mircea cel Bătrân. His daughter Ruxandra later married Moldavian Prince Bogdan III cel Orb. He was rumored to have had a second son, "Morsus Atrum", born in 1508, at the beginning of his father’s reign.
Mihnea was dubbed "Cel Rău" meaning "the Bad" or "the Evil One" by Vlad's enemies, the Craiovești faction of boyars. One of Mihnea's most vocal enemies was a monk named Gavril Protul who was an abbot and chronicler of this time period. He described Mihnea's actions as follows: "As soon as Mihnea began to rule he at once abandoned his sheep's clothing and plugged up his ears like an asp.... He took all the greater boyars captive, worked them hard, cruelly confiscated their property, and even slept with their wives in their presence. He cut off the noses and lips of some, others he hanged, and still others drowned."Mihnea retaliated by resorting to his father's terror tactics, but did not reach proportions of his father due to time and opportunity.
After he fled Wallachia in 1510 while being pursued by the Craiovescu faction, he was finally cornered in the Roman Catholic Church of Sibiu where he was attending Mass. As he was leaving the service, he was stabbed by Dimitrije Iakšić, a Serbian partisan of the Craiovescu faction, whose daughter Mihnea raped. Mihnea is buried in this church and his tomb can still be visited today.
In the film Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula, Mihnea is portrayed by actor Dan Bordeianu. However, despite its numerous accurate accounts and portrayals, this film was equally fictional in many certain aspects including Vlad Dracula's immortal powers and inaccurate dates. One of these inaccurate aspects was that Mihnea was renamed Vlad in the film. It is documented that Vlad had two other children, one being named Vlad, but in the film, the viewer is only educated about the existence of one son; the son of Vlad Dracula's first wife, which in history is Mihnea.
May 16, 2020 · Mihnea cel Rau, son of Vlad III Dracula, and his first wife, was voivode of Wallachia from 1508 to 1509, having replaced his cousin Radu cel Mare. During his reign, he ruled together with his son Mircea Dracul the second in the year 1509.
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Jul 25, 2010 · Vlad the Impaler had three sons, Mihnea cel Rau with his first wife, Vlad Dracula IV and another son whose name is unknown with his second wife.
Mihnea cel Rău (Mihnea the Wrongdoer/Mean/Evil; c.1460 – 12 March 1510), the son of Vlad III Dracula (Vlad Țepeș), and his first wife, was Voivode (Prince) of Wallachia from 1508 to 1509, having replaced his first cousin Radu cel Mare. During his reign, he ruled alongside his son in the year 1509.
Vlad’s first child which he had with his first wife was a son named Mihnea, who would later be known as “Mihnea cel Rau” or Mihnea “the Bad” for the horribly cruel things he did as Prince of Wallachia. Mihnea was a hot headed boy who took inference from his own fathers extremely cruel antics.
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Vlad Tepes, also known as the Impaler, was born in Transylvania in 1431 and died in 1476, when he was just 45 years old, and a Romanian director has been made a Vlad the Impaler movie, about his life.
Vlad Tepes was the ruler of Wallachia three times, once in 1448, the second time from 1456 to 1462 and the third time in 1476. The region on Wallachia comprised half of the south of the current Romanian territory. His prince title was Vlad the Third or Voivode of Walachia.
In the Romanian language, Tepes, means the Impaler, and this name has been given to him after his death.
He has received this name after his habit of impaling his enemies, with big stakes, and placing these stakes vertical in the ground. The process of impalement would be done either horizontally or vertically, trough the torso of the body. There were times when thousands of prisoners would be killed in this manner at the same time. It happened that many of them wouldn’t die right away and would live for days in terrible agony.
Wallachia was at the time at war with the Ottoman Empire. Once time, Sultan Mehmet the Second retreated his army after they say 20,000 dead bodies impaled outside Targoviste, the capital of Wallachia.
He was the son of Vlad Dracul the Second, which translated means Vlad the Devil, but it has been mostly translated as Vlad the Dragon.He received this name, after he became a member of the order of the dragon,which stood for a Christian group that was fighting the Ottoman sovereignty in Europe. Because of his father’s name, Vlad Tepes has been known as Vlad Dracula, which n translated in son of the dragon, or son of the devil.
Another Vlad the Impaler facts is that author Bram Stocker, borrows his name for his vampire book, Dracula. Stoker had a close relationship with Armin Vambery, a history professor from Hungary, and may have gotten the tips from him. Also, in Romania, there is a Vlad the Impaler castle, called the Bran castle, which has become a great touristic attraction.
Even though he has been associated with Transylvania, this region is at the north of Walachia and was occupied by the Austro Hungarian Empire. During his ruling, Vlad has oppressed the Transylvanian Saxons. He would often make raids behind the border and it has been said that a lot of Transylvanians had been impaled.
When he was a kid, it has been said that he had studied all o the disciplines. He also had a high education when it came to combat and warfare.
His father has been removed from power on 1442, by groups that made an alliance with Hungary. Then, he was obliged to pay a fee to the Ottoman Empire, to obtain their support for hair return to reigning. A condition to the deal was for Vlad and his brother Radu, to go to the royal court of the Ottoman Empire as hostages.
Mihnea cel Rău (Mihnea the Wrongdoer/Mean/Evil; c.1460 – 12 March 1510), the son of Vlad III Dracula (Vlad Țepeș), and his first wife, was Voivode (Prince) of Wallachia from 1508 to 1509, having replaced his first cousin Radu cel Mare. During his reign, he ruled alongside his son Mircea III Dracul in the year 1509.
Mihnea cel Rău (Mihnea the Wrongdoer/Mean/Evil; c.1460 – 12 March 1510), the son of Vlad III Dracula (Vlad Țepeș), and his first wife, was Voivode of Wallachia from 1508 to 1509, having replaced his first cousin Radu cel Mare.