Human history is filled with many famous personalities who actually lived or only existed in works of fiction. But few people actually inspire a living and immortal fictional character. Yes III. We are talking about Vlad, Vlad Dracul, or as he is better known, Voivode the Impaler. The Wallachian Voivode, who lived between 1431 and 1476, went down in history with his harsh attitude towards his enemies, his hatred and incredible torture of them. He was nicknamed Voivode the Impaler for killing enemy soldiers by impalement. Because of the legend that he drank the blood of his enemies, it inspired Dracula, the most famous vampire in history. Here are 11 interesting facts about Vlad the Impaler.
1. Voivode The nickname of the Impaler was “Dracul”, meaning dragon in Romanian
second father. Vlad belonged to a mysterious formation known as the Brothers of the Dragon, or the Dragon Sect. Therefore, II. Vlad was known by the nickname Dracul, which means dragon in Romanian. In short, the name Dracul, III. Vlad inherited from this mysterious cult.
2. He was born in Wallachia, present-day Romania
Third. Vlad was born in Wallachia, one of the three regions that make up Romania, along with Transylvania and Moldova. Sandwiched between the Ottoman Empire and Europe, the region was the center of bloody wars during the time of Vlad the Impaler.
3. He spent his childhood years as a hostage in the Ottoman Empire
Second Wallachian ruler. Vlad was defeated and captured by the Ottoman Empire in 1442. On this second development. Vlad and his 7-year-old brother Radu became prisoners of the empire. The two brothers lived within the borders of the Ottoman Empire for 5 years. Some historians, however, argue that Vlad’s “hatred of the Ottomans” remained from this captivity period.
4. His family was murdered by powerful families in Wallachia
And so, iii. Vlad rose to the position of the most important heir in the Wallachian era. However, he had many rivals who wanted to share his power.
5. Kill potential opponents during a dinner
He invited many members of the rival families to the banquet. He then murdered almost all of his potential rivals at the banquet table.
During his reign, he won important victories against the Ottoman Empire.
When he ascended the Wallachian throne in 1462, his country was at war with the Ottomans. Moreover, the Ottomans were in a much stronger position than Wallachia in many respects. However, iii. Vlad was able to achieve victories against large armies with alternative methods of warfare. The well water of the enemy soldiers was poisoned and the enemy’s crops were burned. He also paid patients to infiltrate the Ottoman army and injure soldiers.
7. He got his nickname from his favorite torture technique
Third. Vlad’s torture was very horrific, but varied. Skinning, evisceration, decapitation, or throwing them alive into boiling water were among the rulers’ favorite torture methods. But there was one form of torture he liked more than any other: the torture of his enemies.
It was said that he created a “forest” out of these mounds and enjoyed dining here. This favorite torture of Vlad made him called “Voivode the Impaler,” and his fame, raised by his bloody and horrific deeds, spread throughout Europe.
8. He ordered the mass killing of twenty thousand Ottoman soldiers
He had won an important victory over the Ottoman army in June 1462. After leaving the war zone, he was ordered to “impact” 20,000 defeated Ottoman soldiers in the city of Targovishte.
9. THE OTTOMANS KILLED IN 1476
According to some historians, his head, which was separated from his body, was taken to Istanbul by the Sultan of the period, the conqueror Sultan Mehmed. His body was dismembered.
10. He is considered a national hero in Romania
Yes, Voivode the Impaler was one of the most brutal rulers in history. Nevertheless, he appears as one of the most important rulers in the history of Wallachia. He was honored among the national heroes of Romania because of the victories he achieved against the Ottoman Empire during his reign.
11. It inspired Dracula, the most famous vampire in history
Many people today believe that the “bloodshed” of the character Dracula, created by the Irish writer Bram Stoker, is characteristic of Vlad the Impaler.
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