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The Real Vlad Dracula

Updated on June 26, 2010

Vlad Tepes was a type of regent called a roman voivod in the fifteenth century. He reigned over the Valachia, a territory that is now an integral land within of the country of Romania. Valachia stands at the south of Carpathian mountains which bear the shape of a half circle toward their western orientation in the central part of modern Romania. Transylvania lies inside of that mountainous half-circle. Today, Transylvania is an agricultural and industrial heartland of the current Romania which is a member of the European Union.

Vlad Dracula (Vlad II) was the father of Vlad Tepes. He received the name Dracula, which means both devil and Dragon, because Vlad Dracula could always be seen wearing a shiny armor that bore the design of a dragon. This wearing of this armor showed that he belonged to a very particular Dragon Order that demonstrated bravery against the invading Muslims.

The bravest Christians fighting on Muslim lines were honored and thanked by the Dragon Order which had first been organized in 1408. On the frontier between the Muslim sphere of influence (Turkey) and Christian Europe lay Valachia. During those times the two worlds were in constant conflict with endless forays across the borders by invading forces creating historical waves of constant wars. Vlad Dracul was sent by his father Mircea to secure his education in Germany and Hungary.

In the book, Dracula A Price Of Many Faces (by Raymond McNally and Florescu), it is accounted that Vlad Dracula was a bastard son of Prince Mircea and his mother was unknown. Prince Mircea sat on the throne from 1386 to 1418 when he died. Around 1390, Vlad Dracula, who was often referred to as Vlad II, was born. Vlad Dracula claimed the throne and finally won it in 1431, when, as heir, he was the only living person who could make a substantial claim to his right to the royal crown at that particular time. He ruled through to 1442 then again from 1443 until he died in 1447. Vlad Dracula fathered three sons with a princess from Moldova: Mircea (born in either 1430 or 1431 and who died beside him in 1447, buried alive by the forces of Imperial Hungary), Vlad (Vlad III, Vlad Draculea, and later Vlad Tepes, born in 1431) and Radu (born 1438 or 1439, died from the complications of syphilis in 1500. He had been a rabid rival of his brother Vlad for the right to the throne; he was exceptionally loyal to the sultan and was ruler from 1462 to 1475). When Vlad Draculea was just a teen, Vlad Dracula left Sighisoara and travelled to Valachia where he became voivod of Valachia.

Neither the details of Vlad Dracula's death nor his burial are certain. The only pieces of information available indicate that he was probably killed during a battle in December of 1476. It is supposed that his remains had been buried in the Snagov Monastery but excavations in the 1930s have failed to absolutely substantiate this claim.


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      VDNovach 5 years ago

      he built the ports on his castle small so that an enemy would be forced to bend over to slow an attack. Plus doors were made by craftsmen of the time when the average height was 5'3". Vlad himself was a menacing figure at 6'3" as measured by his armor.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Scary stuff

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Historical footnote for you, Hal. The real, genuine Vlad Dracula was vertically challenged. The front entrance to his castle was less than five feet high. Maybe that's why he became such a malevolent tyrant - a Napoleonic complex perhaps?