Vlad the Impeller ( Vlad Tepes ) was born in November or December 1431 and died in December 1476, also called Vlad Draculea or Dracula by foreign people ruled in historical Romanian Country (Tara Romaneasca ) in 1448, 1456 -1462 and 1476.

He was born in Sighisoara as son of Vlad Dracul and yang noble lady.
He was married three times: first with Cneajna Bathory, then with Jusztina Szilagyi and then with Ilona Nepicili cousin of Mathias Corvinus.

He had five children: 4 boys and 1 girl.

During his reign, the historical region named Romanian Country ( Tara Romaneasca) obtained temporary independence to Ottoman Empire.

Vlad the Impeller became famous by its severity and because his prepared method of punishment was the impalement of the enemies. Because of his conflicts with merchants from Brasov, they characterized him, as the prince of demonic and cruel methods.

In 1453 the remains of the Byzantine Empire are conquered by the Ottomans, obtaining control over Constantinopole (known today as Istanbul ) and threatening Europe. Ottoman Empire manage to master must of the Balkans, this expansion to the West part of Europe stops at the gates of Vienna, whose siege fails. In this historical context, Vlad Tepes fought hard to defend his kingdom and country against enemies, using specific methods of deterrence, which included executions and torture.

Vlad was recognized as prince of Wallachia for the third time in 1475, but has enjoyed a very short period of reign. It was assassinated in December 1476 and his body was decapitated and his head was sent to the Sultan, which has been exposed in public as proof of the triumph on Vlad Tepes.

The legend:

Bram Stoker’s book “Dracula”, does not rely directly on the Vlad the Impeller’s life and the peried when he was the ruler of Wallachia, but a fiction that takes place in Transylvania and England in the XIX century. Fallowing the success of the novel the fictional character of Dracula was associated with Transylvania.

The writer could easily access the Saxon engravings from XV century, which can be found between the collections of the British Museum from London, where Vlad Tepes is described as a monster, a vampire who drinks human blood.

Historians say that Bram Stoker had a good friend with a Hungarian professor from the University of Bucharest and he might give him some information about Vlad The Impeller.

Note also that this seems to be the only cause and there is a real link between Vlad Dracula the historical character (1431-1476) and modern literary myth of the vampire from Bram Stoker’s book.

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