Vlad the impaler

∇INSPIRATION

ΔIt’s believed that Bram Stoker based Dracula(1897-novel) in part on a Romanian prince named Vlad Dracula, or Vlad the Impaler.

∇Name

ΔDracula means ‘Son of Dragon’. His father, Vlad II, was a member of a secret society known as the Order of the Dragon .

∇Impalement

ΔWas the Only Punishment-whether you stole a loaf of bread or committed murder. The man was the Prince of Wallachia, and many of his “murders” were his own twisted form of law and order.

* Of course, there were exceptions. One account describes a gypsy who stole something while traveling through Dracula’s lands. The Prince had the man boiled, and then forced the other gypsies to eat him. 

∇He Got Rid of All the Sick and Poor

ΔBy Burning Them Alive .In an attempt to clean up the streets of the city of Tirgoviste (the capital of Wallachia), Dracula once invited all the sick, vagrants, and beggars over to one of his homes, under the pretext of a feast (you know where this is going). After they had eaten their fill, Dracula politely excused himself and had the entire court boarded up, then burned the whole building to the ground while everybody was still inside.

∇Bran Castle

ΔIs the only one in Transilvania which correspond with the description of Bram Stoker and is known as Dracula Castle .

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