Vlad the Impaler: The Man Who Was Dracula
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Biography of Vlad the Impaler, Inspiration for Dracula
For many, Vlad the Impaler is the bloodsucking torturer recreated in Hollywood's Interview with the Vampire and the real character so vitally realized in Bram Stoker's Dracula, the man recreated on screen by screen legends Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee or Gary Oldman, or the vampire stalking through the pages of Ann Rice's novels. Later interpretations see him as a potent s For many, Vlad the Impaler is the bloodsucking torturer recreated in Hollywood's Interview with the Vampire and the real character so vitally realized in Bram Stoker's Dracula, the man recreated on screen by screen legends Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee or Gary Oldman, or the vampire stalking through the pages of Ann Rice's novels.
Later interpretations see him as a potent symbol of Nazi aggression in World War II, fired partly by Murnau's Nosferatu of the s and the blood rites of the Aryans. But who was the real man who inspired the Dracula legend? Was he as gruesome as legend depicts, or, as some Romanians, refuting the popular image, suggest, an heroic 15th-century warrior and freedom fighter?
Or is his reputation as a bloodthirsty mass-murderer, who sadistically impaled his victims, justified? In this title, the author peels back the layers of myth and history to reveal the 15th-century figure who was the real Vlad the Impaler. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title.
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This was interesting but not what I was looking for and I think the title is somewhat misleading. It is not a biography of Vlad the Impaler Vlad Dracula but more of a history of the medieval times he lived in. There is very little information about his family and his two wives which I was interested in researching. View 2 comments. Interesting book. Not a biography in the traditional sense of the word, but more of a comparative study of sorts between the various legends and what is actually known as little as that is about him. The conclusion of this particular author seems to be that despite all the horrible stories about Dracula, he wasn't really all that much worse than most other rulers of that time.
It was a pretty bloody and disgusting time, and lots of bloody and disgusting things happened to a lot of people at th Interesting book. It was a pretty bloody and disgusting time, and lots of bloody and disgusting things happened to a lot of people at the hands of a lot of people. How Dracula ended up with the worst reputation is not entirely clear. Maybe because he ultimately lost his wars. Anyway, as I said, interesting book, and worth reading if one is interested in the subject matter. Rumania, para ser exactos. Aug 17, Peter Welch rated it did not like it.
Well lets not beat about the bush, this is truly awful mainly due to the aspect of the sheer amount of historical inaccuracies that are littered throughout this book. It begs the question if whether or not this was ever proof read before publication as some of the things that are incorrect just cannot be forgiven as an unwitting reader could be so misled by the misinformation contained within the pages of this book.
Also there is actually very little of the book that really delves in to the life Well lets not beat about the bush, this is truly awful mainly due to the aspect of the sheer amount of historical inaccuracies that are littered throughout this book. Also there is actually very little of the book that really delves in to the life and reign of vlad the impaler and i couldn't help but feel a little short changed when reading this book. Even Keanu Reeves dodgy accent in the movie Bram Stokers Dracula was more impressive than this effort.
One of the more well researched books on the topic of Vlad the Impaler. There's little firsthand account of Vlad, and much of what was written was done by his enemies after his death. Trow tries to separate the man from the myth by showing how the myth was built and how it persists and metamorphizes through popular culture. May 28, Giorgia Urbani rated it really liked it.
Good historical book about the real life of Dracula. I found some parts too much descriptive but in general I give it 4 stars. Mar 02, Kingdomofkush rated it really liked it. The best precise Treaties on the sadistic king of the dark ages. May 28, Sillyhuron rated it liked it. His eldest son was born in and was named Mihnea, his second son was killed before , and his third son, Vlad Drakwlya, was the forefather of the noble Drakwla family.
One of Vlad the Impaler's main fortresses was Poenari , from where he ruled for several years. The impressive Poenari Citadel had a very strategic position, which made it very difficult to siege , not to mention conquer. Portrait of Vlad the Impaler. Photo source: Wikipedia. The fierce reputation of Vlad III grew each day, and his preference for impaling got him the famous nickname of "the Impaler". This method had an enormous impact on the people's morale, as the victims did not die immediately.
Vlad the Impaler was a member of the Order of Dragon, a monarchical chivalric founded by the King of Hungary in The symbol of the Order was a dragon and at that time "Dracul" devil meant dragon. He reigned for a short time in when he took advantage of Vladislav II's campaign against the Ottoman Empire and broke into Wallachia with the help of the Ottomans, but when Vladislav II returned in December, he had to flee into exile. He invaded once again, in , with Hungarian support.
He promised them protection against the Ottoman invasion of Transylvania and asked for support for when they tried to invade Wallachia. But his cruelty was also seen as a weakness. He was also accused of eating human flesh, which was a huge insult for an Orthodox Christian ruler like him. The Ottoman war started when Vlad refused to pay tribute to the Sultan. The Ottoman Empire was furious because a prince raised by them grew rebellious, so Sultan Mehmed II decided to put an end to it. And thus, the fierce reputation of Vlad the Impaler as a ruthless ruler began.
Vlad's court chroniclers noted very precisely the ruler's personal records.
Vlad the Impaler - The ruthless ruler of Wallachia
In Oblucitia and Nevoselo, 1. Vlad harassed the Ottomans with many unexpected night attacks and constantly destroyed their possible food sources and poisoned the water wells, thus leading to a demoralized Ottoman army. On the night of June 16, Vlad the Impaler, together with a handful of men, organized a night attack on the Ottoman army. They entered the enemy camp disguised as Turks and attempted to capture or assassinate the Sultan. Even though they didn't succeed, the Turks started killing each other because of the confusion created by the disguise of Vlad's force.
Painting by Theodor Aman. Instead of a Wallachian army, they found a forest of This determined Sultan Mehmed II to retreat, saying that "it was not possible to deprive of his country a man who had done such great deeds, who had such a diabolical understanding of how to govern his realm and his people.
There were many battles between the two brothers, and even though Vlad defeated Radu several times, impaling over According to these, Vlad Tepes agreed to work together with Mehmed II in order to defeat the Hungarian army, under the condition that he will return to the throne. After 14 long years spent in imprisonment, Matthias Corvinus recognized Vlad as the lawful prince of Wallachia and freed him , but without providing him with military assistance to recapture his principality.
No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler
But in response, Vlad Tepes together with Stephen Batory attacked Moldavia and forced the sultan to renounce his siege of the Neamt Citadel. According to a letter written by Stephen the Great, Vlad the Impaler's body was chopped into pieces , and his head was sent to Mehmed II. There are many stories about how safe Wallachia was during the rule of Vlad Tepes.
He undertook a vast campaign of cleansing the country of all the thieves, murderers, rapists and beggars, and even if the methods used were quite extreme, they worked.
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There is also a legend telling how Vlad wanted to test the honesty of one of his noblemen so he ordered someone to rob him of 50 gold coins. The next day, as expected, the nobleman came to Vlad to complain but he said he was robbed of gold coins instead of So, this way, Vlad discovered how greedy the nobleman was, and he sentenced him to death through impaling.
Artist: Markus Ayrer. Under Vlad III's governance, Wallachia registered great economic progress, even if the country witnessed numerous battles. There were many commercial routes between Wallachia and Transylvania, but the Saxon merchants from Transylvania supported by Matthias Corvinus wanted to be tax-free in Vlad's country.