Prince Vladamir III

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Prince Vladamir III

AKA=Vlad the Impaler

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Fifteenth century Wallachian prince Vlad Tepes is credited with being Dracula, the vampire-count featured in the classic horror story Dracula (1897) written by novelist Bram Stroker. Romanians make no association between the vampire and the historical figure of prince Vlad III, known in his homeland as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), prince of Wallachia three times, in 1448, 1456-1462 and 1475. Vlad was known beyond Wallachia's borders as a feared fighter against the Turks and a ruthless ruler. Notorious for his brutal punishment methods, he gained the name Tepes (impaler) after his favourite form of punishing his enemies - impaling on a wooden stake. The offenders would have to die in agony. Impaling was not unique in Europe. Tepes first cousin, Stephen the Great, is said to have impaled over 2300 Turkish prisoners in 1473

The Impaled

The Forgotten

Some of the churches Vlad founded or had built.

Comana Monastery

At Poenari

Govora Monastery founded by Vlad Tepes in 15th century

Snagov Monastery

Vlad's castle


Author of Drakula

AKA=Count Drakula

Prince Vladamir III

How has this person impacted society today? .I feel he shows the importance of why our style of government is important for our human rights. He also influence a great novel and movie that are still classics today. He's also a great example of what the word " Contradictions" mean.

Vlad III, Dracula, ruled Wallachia three times in 1448, 1456-1462, and 1476. He gained the name Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) because his favourite method of punishing his enemies, impaling on a wooden stake. Vlad was known beyond Wallachia's borders as a feared fighter against the Turks and a ruthless ruler. He is seen by Romanians as a national hero, credited by historians as a key figure in the evolution of the country's independence, in a leaque with the Devil by the Saxons, Turkish and Germans in the 15-16th century, cruel but just by the Russians. His tales and legends are still alive. He sparked the imagination of Bram Stroker. He was outrageously bloodthirsty, but he was not a vampire

In 1456, John Hunyadi invaded Turkish Serbia while Dracula invaded Wallachia in the same time. In the battle of Belgrade, Hunyadi was killed and his army defeated. Dracula succeded in killing Vladislav II and recaptured the Wallachian throne in July 1456. He bribed the Sultan to leave him alone, increased the annual tribute to 10,000 gold ducats while he consolidated his own position. He organized the country on social, political and cultural levels; he took measures in order to centralize the power of the country and to increase its potential of defense and prosperity. Vlad Tepes longest reign (1456-1462) was also the period when he commited most gruesome cruelties.

Bram Stoker's Dracula, published in 1897... many people who have read the book are not aware that the character Dracula the vampire is based on was a highborn member of a Romanian court, prominent in European history — and much more terrifying than his fictional descendant. While not the black-cloaked, centuries-old, fanged bloodsucker of literary fame, the infamy of the historical figure outperforms that of Stoker's creation.Prince Vlad, or as he was called even in his own time, Dracula (which means "Son of the Dragon") tops the list of Romania's many, many Christian crusaders who, in the transition years between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, fought to keep the Muslim-faithed Ottoman Turks out of their country.Odd that a name known for stirring nightmares actually belonged to a crusader of a religious cause!Still, Dracula was not a saint. He ruled his military kingdom of Wallachia — southern Romania — with a heavy and blood-soaked fist. To not only the Turks but also to many of his own countrymen he was Vlad The Impaler, Vlad Die Tepes (pronounced Tee-pish). Determined not to be overtaken by the intrigue of an intriguing political underhandedness, in a world in which princes fell daily to smiling, hypocritical "allies," paranoia among the aristocracy was, and probably needed to be, utmost in a sovereign's disposition. Dracula built a defense around him that dared not open kindness nor trust to anyone. During his tenure, he killed by the droves, impaling on a forest of spikes around his castle thousands of subjects who he saw as either traitors, would-be traitors or enemies to the security of Romania and the Roman Catholic Church. Sometimes, he slew merely to show other possible insurgents and criminals just what their fate would be if they became troublesome.

I am doing a report on the life of Vlad Dracul Tepes III (also known as Vlad the impaler ) Born in 1431. He took over the thrown in 1448 after his father Vlad Dracul Tepes II died violently during war and so did his two brothers,Mircea and Radu.So began his rule over the province of Wallachia(which is located in Romania,bordered by Transylvania).He briefly ruled for 2 months when he was forced to surrender the throne to a man known as Vladislav II.However around 1456,Vlad the III regained his kingdom by killing Vladislav II in bloody combat. Vlad the III primarily ruled from 1456 through 1462. He ruled the land with a iron hand,believing that the only way to keep his people in line was to strike fear in their hearts with cruel and severe punishment and death. His favorite method was impalement. He was a mass of contradictions,such as he was religious and believed in honesty and founded and had built a few churches.However he was so cruel with his punishments and the methods he used.Many people died at his hands,yet he was thought of as a hero.Truly a man of contradictions.

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The Christian's fighting

The Old Princely Court , "Curtea Veche",

The Turks(Muslims)

Why was this person and the events tied to him significant in history? Well first was his successful attemps in keeping the Turks and their Muslim religous ways out of their Christian Country. His military techniques were studied and some used .

Having married Matthias Corvin's sister, Vlad was released to continue the anti-Turkish struggle, and after spending a year in Sibiu in 1475, he regained the Wallachian throne in 1476, with the help of Matei. His victory did not last. Some reports indicate that Vlad was killed in a battle against Turks and others that Vlad was betrayed by the boyars and killed by one of his servants. His head was sent to the Sultan as a gift, while the decapitated body was buried inside the church at Snagov Monastery, located on an isolated island near Bucharest. When archaeologists in the early 1930's removed the marble slab that was supposed to be covering the Vlad's grave, they found an empty six-foot pit.Only his eldest son, Mihnea, nicknamed Mihnea the Bad, succeded in gaining the Wallachian throne. He is regarded to have cut of the noses of his political enemies. He was assasinated in 1510 in Sibiu

His first major act of revenge was aimed at the boyars of Targoviste for the killings of his father and brother Mircea, and for their disloyalty to the Wallachian throne. On Easter Day in 1459, Dracula invited the boyars and their families to dine at his palace; guards then entered and seized them, impaling many forthwith while the remainder were marched off to work on his castle at Poeinari. This is the real Dracula castle. Situated on an abruptly rising rock north of the village, Poienari can be reached by climbing 1400 steps from the hydroelectric power station 4km north on the road from the village Arefu. The castle is small, one third having collapsed down the montainside in 1888. The prism shaped tower remains was Dracula's residencial quarters

Impale forest", engraving printed on the cover of Dracole Wayda by Ambrosiu Huber in the Nuremberg, 1499 - it referred to an incident that took place at the foot of Tampa Hill in Brasov. When the Saxon merchants refused to pay taxes for trading throughout Wallachia, in 1459 Vlad Tepes led an assault on Brasov, burned an entire suburb and impales numerous captives. The numbers vary from hundreds to 40, according to which source you consult.The German woodcut inspired by this event depictes the prince having a meal; around him are innumerable dead or dying impaled victims in grotesque positions. A similar engraving appeared in Dracole Wayda in the town of Strassburg in 1500.



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