Vladimir of Russia Aka “Dracula”
Vladimir lived & ruled in Wallachia, Romania (formally Transylvania) . His castle, Bran Castle or “Dracula’s Castle” still stands today.
He is called the IMPALER for a reason…. • Vlad Dracula means “Son of the Devil” & he certainly lived up to that name, but Vladimir was considered a Romanian hero to some. He was a strong fighter against the Turks, & tolerated no crimes even though his punishments were extreme. He was both worshiped and feared by his people.
Legend had is that Vladimir would eat human flesh & also drink blood! Some say he suffered from a very rare & bizarre allergy that caused him to lose control & crave blood. Which also could explain his very pale face!
Vladimir ruled with an iron fist, he believed that the only way to keep the civilians in line was to strike fear into their hearts! He would have staked bodies placed around his castle for all to see! The bodies would stay for several months the stench permeating through the air.
Legend has it.. • There are many stories told about Vlad to this day, a common one is about the foreigners that visited him and refused to remove their hats for religious reasons. Vlad had the hats nailed to the men's heads so that they would never have to remove them.
It is estimated that Vlad killed about 20,000 men, women and children . The amount varies from between 20,000 to 500,000 people. He showed no mercy and often tortured his enemies before killing them.
How he died… • There are many legends about Vlads death but the most accepted is that the Turks overthrew him, and imprisoned him for 12 years. He took control again in 1474 but was beheaded by the Turks in 1476. The whereabouts of his body are still unknown although we have reason to believe his head was once on display in Constantinople.
Sources • "Vlad the Impaler." Vlad the Impaler. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Jan. 2013. <http://www.vladtheimpaler.com/>. • "Vlad Dracula- The Impaler." Vlad Dracula/Tepes - The Impaler. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013. <http://www.castleofspirits.com/vlad.html>.