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Vlad The Impaler

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Vlad “the Impaler.” also infamously known as Vlad III Dracula, has lived forever as a fictional vampire in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel which went on to inspire countless horror novels and movies. Not only that, Vlad was known for his brutal, cruel, and torturous tactics in both his enemies and subjects.
Vlad III was born in 1431, in Sighișoara, Romania. In the same year, future Holy Roman Emperor but currently king of Hungary, Sigismund of Luxemburg, inducted Vlad II, the father, into the Order of the Dragon as governor of Transylvania. As a result, Vlad II earned a new surname: Dracul, meaning dragon in ancient Romanian, hence, Vlad III, was known as the "son of Dracul" or Drăculea in ancient Romanian.
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Vlad II didn’t want to anger the Hungarian king or endanger his sons in the Murad II’s court, so he sent his oldest son, Mircea, to participate in the campaign. After the disaster in the Battle of Varna, Vlad II betrayed János Hunyadi. In December 1447, Hungarian noblemen assassinated both Vlad II and Mircea.
Under the Turks, Vlad III and Radu were tutored in science, philosophy and the arts. As a result, Vlad became a skilled horseman and warrior. “In 1448, the Ottomans released Vlad III and supported him as their candidate in Wallachia.” (The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire.) With the Ottoman’s help, he took the throne as Vlad III Dracula. Few months later, János Hunyadi, who despised Vlad II for his collaboration with the Turks, drove Vlad III, the son, out and installed a puppet ruler, Vladislov III in his place.
“However, Vladislov unexpectedly sided with the Ottomans. Furious, Hunyadi allied himself with Vlad Dracula, in whom he discovered a kindred hatred for the Turks. Vlad took possession of his father’s former Transylvanian landholdings. In 1456, with Hunyadi’s support, he invaded Wallachia and reclaimed the throne.” (The Ottoman Centuries: The Rise and Fall of the Turkish
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