Vlad III is known as Vlad Țepeș (or Vlad the Impaler) in Romanian historiography. This sobriquet is connected to the impalement that was his favorite method of execution.  The Ottoman writer Tursun Beg referred to him as Kazıklı Voyvoda (Impaler Lord) around 1500. 
Vlad the Impaler, prince of Walachia (now in Romania) whose cruel methods of punishing his enemies gained notoriety in 15th-century Europe. Some in the scholarly community have suggested that Bram Stoker’s Dracula character was based on Vlad. Learn more about Vlad in this article.
Nov 22, 2017 · Responsible for killing 80,000 people and impaling 20,000, Vlad Dracula committed some of history's grisliest acts as ruler of 15th-century Wallachia. Wikimedia Commons Though Vlad the Impaler is a national hero in Romania to this day, this “real Dracula” perpetrated untold atrocities throughout the mid-1400s.
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May 15, 2019 · Also Known As: Vlad the Impaler, Vlad III Dracula, Vlad Tepes, Dracuglia, Drakula Born: Between 1428 and 1431 Parents: Mircea I of Wallachia, Eupraxia of Moldavia Died: Between December 1476 and January 1477
Oct 31, 2013 · Vlad the Impaler: The real Dracula was absolutely vicious A portrait of Vlad the Impaler, circa 1450, from a painting in Castle Ambras in the Tyrol.
Oct 27, 2020 · Vlad the Impaler was a 15th century Prince of Wallachia who lived during a time of Ottoman (Muslim) expansion into Europe. He went by many names including Vlad Tepes, Vlad III, and Vlad Dracula, with the latter serving as inspiration for numerous supernatural tales about vampires and devilry.
Few names have cast more terror into the human heart than Dracula. The legendary vampire, created by author Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel of the same name, has inspired countless horror movies, television shows and other bloodcurdling tales of vampires.
Though Dracula is a purely fictional creation, Stoker named his infamous character after a real person who happened to have a taste for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or as he is better known Vlad the Impaler. The morbid nickname is a testament to the Wallachian prince's favorite way of dispensing with his enemies.
Vlad III's father, Vlad II, did own a residence in Sighişoara, Transylvania, but it is not certain that Vlad III was born there, according to Curta. It's also possible, he said, that Vlad the Impaler was born in Târgovişte, which was at that time the royal seat of the principality of Wallachia, where his father was a \\"voivode,\\" or ruler. In 1431, King Sigismund of Hungary, who would later become the Holy Roman Emperor, inducted the elder Vlad into a knightly order, the Order of the Dragon. This designation earned Vlad II a new surname: Dracul. The name came from the old Romanian word for dragon, \\"drac.\\" His son, Vlad III, would later be known as the \\"son of Dracul\\" or, in old Romanian, Drăculea, hence Dracula. In modern Romanian, the word \\"drac\\" refers to another feared creature the devil, Curta said.
It is possible for tourists to visit one castle where Vlad III certainly spent time. At about age 12, Vlad III and his brother were imprisoned in Turkey. In 2014, archaeologists found the likely location of the dungeon, according to Smithsonian Magazine. Tokat Castle is located in northern Turkey. It is an eerie place with secret tunnels and dungeons that is currently under restoration and open to the public.
According to \\"Dracula: Sense and Nonsense\\" by Elizabeth Miller, in 1890 Stoker read a book about Wallachia. Although it did not mention Vlad III, Stoker was struck by the word \\"Dracula.\\" He wrote in his notes, \\"in Wallachian language means DEVIL.\\" It is therefore likely that Stoker chose to name his character Dracula for the word's devilish associations.
The Order of the Dragon was devoted to a singular task: the defeat of the Turkish, or Ottoman Empire. Situated between Christian Europe and the Muslim lands of the Ottoman Empire, Vlad II's (and later Vlad III's) home principality of Wallachia was frequently the scene of bloody battles as Ottoman forces pushed westward into Europe, and Christian forces repulsed the invaders.
Not long after these harrowing events, in 1448, Vlad embarked on a campaign to regain his father's seat from the new ruler, Vladislav II. His first attempt at the throne relied on the military support of the Ottoman governors of the cities along the Danube River in northern Bulgaria, according to Curta. Vlad also took advantage of the fact that Vladislav was absent at the time, having gone to the Balkans to fight the Ottomans for the governor of Hungary at the time, John Hunyadi.
Vlad won back his father's seat, but his time as ruler of Wallachia was short-lived. He was deposed after only two months, when Vladislav II returned and took back the throne of Wallachia with the assistance of Hunyadi, according to Curta.
Little is known about Vlad III's whereabouts between 1448 and 1456. But it is known that he switched sides in the Ottoman-Hungarian conflict, giving up his ties with the Ottoman governors of the Danube cities and obtaining military support from King Ladislaus V of Hungary, who happened to dislike Vlad's rival Vladislav II of Wallachia according to Curta.
Vlad III's political and military tack truly came to the forefront amid the fall of Constantinople in 1453. After the fall, the Ottomans were in a position to invade all of Europe. Vlad, who had already solidified his anti-Ottoman position, was proclaimed voivode of Wallachia in 1456. One of his first orders of business in his new role was to stop paying an annual tribute to the Ottoman sultan a measure that had formerly ensured peace between Wallachia and the Ottomans.
To consolidate his power as voivode, Vlad needed to quell the incessant conflicts that had historically taken place between Wallachia's boyars. According to legends that circulated after his death, Vlad invited hundreds of these boyars to a banquet and knowing they would challenge his authority had his guests stabbed and their still-twitching bodies impaled on spikes.
This is just one of many gruesome events that earned Vlad his posthumous nickname, Vlad the Impaler. This story and others like it is documented in printed material from around the time of Vlad III's rule, according to Miller.
Vlad is credited with impaling dozens of Saxon merchants in Kronstadt (present-day Braşov, Romania), who were once allied with the boyars, in 1456. Around the same time, a group of Ottoman envoys allegedly had an audience with Vlad but declined to remove their turbans, citing a religious custom. Commending them on their religious devotion, Vlad ensured that their turbans would forever remain on their heads by reportedly having the head coverings nailed to their skulls.
\\"After Mehmet II the one who conquered Constantinople invaded Wallachia in 1462, he actually was able to go all the way to Wallachia's capital city of Târgoviște but found it deserted. And in front of the capital he found the bodies of the Ottoman prisoners of war that Vlad had taken all impaled,\\" Curta said.
Vlad's victories over the invading Ottomans were celebrated throughout Wallachia, Transylvania and the rest of Europe even Pope Pius II was impressed.
\\"The reason he's a positive character in Romania is because he is reputed to have been a just, though a very harsh, ruler,\\" Curta said.
Vlad's younger brother, Radu, who had sided with the Ottomans during the ongoing military campaigns, took over governance of Wallachia after his brother's imprisonment. But after Radu's death in 1475, local boyars, as well as the rulers of several nearby principalities, favored Vlad's return to power.
In 1476, with the support of the voivode of Moldavia, Stephen III the Great (1457-1504), Vlad made one last effort to reclaim his seat as ruler of Wallachia. He successfully stole back the throne, but his triumph was short-lived. Later that year, while marching to yet another battle with the Ottomans, Vlad and a small vanguard of soldiers were ambushed, and Vlad was killed.
There is much controversy over the location of Vlad III's tomb. It is said he was buried in the monastery church in Snagov, on the northern edge of the modern city of Bucharest, in accordance with the traditions of his time. But recently, historians have questioned whether Vlad might actually be buried at the Monastery of Comana, between Bucharest and the Danube, which is close to the presumed location of the battle in which Vlad was killed, according to Curta.
- What’s in a Name. The name Dracul originally meant “dragon.” Vlad III’s father took the name when he joined the Order of the Dragon, a Christian group opposed to the Ottoman domination of Europe.
- The Devil Dragon. Dracul originally meant “dragon” in Romanian, but today, thanks to Vlad’s chilling reputation, it has a more sinister meaning: “the devil.”
- That’s Sir Impaler. Vlad was given the nickname “Tepes,” which means “impaler” in Romanian. He was also known by the Turks as Kazikli Bey, which means “Sir Impaler.”
- Hit and Run. Throughout his military career, Vlad Tepes had to get creative in order to hold his own against much larger armies. He often resorted to guerilla tactics, sending cavalry units on lightning-fast hit-and-run raids.
Vlad the Impaler, also known as Vlad Dracula, is famous for being one of the most barbaric leaders, savage killers, and inhumane torturers in history, but is there more to the story. Reviled in the most of the world, yet revered in Romania. Dracula is treated as a national hero in his home country, but why?
Oct 28, 2011 · Vlad the Impaler, the cruel 15th-century Romanian warlord who helped inspire Bram Stoker's 1897 vampire novel "Dracula," got his nickname from his favorite method of execution. His reputation for...
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