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The Real Count Dracula: Vlad Tepes His Wife and Family Tree

Updated on February 7, 2018

Vlad Tepes: Prince of Wallachia and His Wife

Mention the name Dracula and you will probably think that there are many alternate histories which you will be faced with, as all most people know about Count Dracula, the fictional character in Bram Stoker's novel, but not the person the character was based upon. How about this alternate history of Vlad Tepes Dracula? What if Vlad Tepes was more of a diplomat and was more "caring" to the Saxons in Transylvania? Or to the Hungarians? Or to the Turks? Who would have heard of Dracula as we do now?

He was a Prince of Wallachia, and he did have some power, but he did not use it in the correct way. Some will argue that like the movie, Dracula, there isn't much that could happen. Vlad Tepes was a warlord in a small land, with little hope of more. Nothing would have made an impact on North America and the gothic culture save for one person.

If his name wouldn't have been found in the volume that Bram Stoker found it in, then the case may be that perhaps Dracula might have been a she. If you are wondering look up the history of a Countess of Transylvania-- her name was Elizabeth Bathory-- she was also known as the Countess of the Blood. It's a rather interesting read in a person who came closer to being an actual "vampire." However I'm not going to dig into details with that part, at least not in this hub. I could but I won't, that is another hub all of its own.

Vlad Tepes III of Wallachia did have something else, or rather someone else in his lifetime, a wife. After the death of his first wife, he would remarry, and they would raise a family. His first wife was the more interesting of the two, partly because we don't know her name and partly because of the manner of her death. In addition to enemies in Transylvania, he had enemies in the Ottomans and the Turks who ruled the Middle East during this time. (In many records they are referred to as Turks and Ottomans. However, the land is always known as the Ottoman Empire) There were always raids, and his first wife, knew of the dangers of being married to him, possibly better than he did.

There are no records of her thoughts and the more famous record is from Dracula, but that would most likely be incorrect. Still she did jump to her death.

A Picture of Vlad Tepes
A Picture of Vlad Tepes
Wallachia and Moldavia became Romania, and Vlad was a Prince of Wallachia
Wallachia and Moldavia became Romania, and Vlad was a Prince of Wallachia
Bran Ctoker's famous setting-- for the character Count Dracula
Bran Ctoker's famous setting-- for the character Count Dracula

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Vlad Tepes and His place of birth
Vlad Tepes and His place of birth

Vlad Tepes and His Family

His first wife was aware of the price that she would get as Valds' wife if she were ever captured by the Turks, she understood that Vlad Tepes was an enemy to both the Ottoman Turks and the Christian Kingdom of Hungary. Vlad did what his father before him had done, and betrayed his allies on numerous occasions. This part of her story survives. In 1462, when the Turks began an attack near the castle she was living in, she jumped to her death in the river below. This was upon hearing of the impending arrival of the Turkish army by a messenger, along with the fact that her husband had been killed in battle. The second part was proved to be untrue. However, this part formed the basis for Bram Stoker's novel.

Later the part of the river where she jumped to her death would be renamed the Lady’s River in her honour. Note that there is no name other than the Lady. She is a woman whose past is a mystery to modern historians, and will most likely be this way for the rest of history.

What if she had lived? I think perhaps she could have given him a chance to be less brutal, or at least more sympathetic, why would they name a place in memorial to her if she wasn't at least respected.

If not captured, would Vlad Tepes remained somewhat more balanced? Possibly, but probably not. He had survived many battles, and his methods were already well known. In fact there are many record in Germany, Romania and Russia about his killing methods.

Would she have gained fame in her own right? I believe in time she would have, a women married to Vlad Tepes would have become powerful in her own right at some point in her life.

Am I right?

I'm not sure, in some cases, Vlad Tepes is looked upon as a great prince of Wallachia, in other writings he is portrayed of as evil. It depends on the reader. In fact if you are a reader from Western Europe your readings will be influenced more by the German portrayal than anything else. The books published by the Germans are highly negative of Vlad Tepes.

If you live in Eastern Europe it is in a more positive manner. Most of the records there are based upon Wallachian and Russian histories. These published books have influence more of the Romanian and Eastern European point of view.

I've also wondered if this wife would have encouraged Vlad to fight more, or to make peace, in a manner similar to Queen Marie of Romania. I believe she would have encouraged him to fight more, it was in his nature.

A fun game of What if.


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    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      3 years ago from Canada

      Dracula is a pretty good character- but he had a true "character" to live up to

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      3 years ago

      Dracula is awesome- but I think that as a person, Vald Tepes was a truly insane man.

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Dracula-- I'll be sure to add more.

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting you should write about this person.

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      bdanny-- thanks for that, must fix it up a bit! grateful for the help!

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      9 years ago

      Nice article.

      One remark though, Ottomans and Turks are the same people. :) Ottoman Empire became Turkey between the world wars.

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      hello kmy dear-- yes this was one that was born out of my Transylvania hblog, and this iwas fun on, but it is more for me and a few other who are interested in Transylvania. ha ha no monetizing ones don't pay the bills.

    • Mystique1957 profile image


      9 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      My love...

      I like very much the way you write! I know Hubs about monetizing are the ones that pay the bills, so to speak, but I would die to read a story in your own style.I suppose need comes first, but the joy of reading is beyond any price. Keep on writing, mi bebè! I love you so very much!

      Warmest teddy bear hugs, zillions of kisses, Love, Light and infinite eternal blessings,

      Tu Papi and sunshine,


    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      lrinetts--- yes that does change everything doesn't it? As A second son with not the expectations that his older brother would have... this is true when you read something from Russian sources it is different than the Wallachian sources and different than the Transylvanian sources and different than the Modolvian sources and Westeren Europeans sources.

      To keep his own coutry together in that times was extraordinary, but I think we might have heard of him even during peacetime.

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      9 years ago

      I agree that Vlad was not much of a diplomat. Also as a second son, his older brother was murdered along with his father by Boyars,he never expected to be voivode. Second sons usually became priests or military.

      Much of that reported about him , is from propoganda.

      I agree had the times been more at peace, we might never have heard of him . He wasn't out to conquer other countries m just save his own.

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Pachuca213-- yes that always helps understanding history at least in my view. what would have changed or not...

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      9 years ago

      This was a very interesting and actually enlightening hub. I think it is always good to analyze history not only thinking about what did happen but also "WHAT COULD HAVE" happened or what could have been. Thank you for writing this.

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      10 years ago from Canada

      Claudia P-- I also find that if you read many of the German versions or Hungarian versions he was terrible and that is what the West tends to get, and that is unfortunate since I have heard fo that story as well.

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      10 years ago from California

      Because of Bram Stoker's novel many people have a distorted picture of Dracula/ Vlad Tepes. The real person, Vlad Tepes, was a leader who was appreciated by his people. It is true that he was cruel, but he was fair at the same time, so only those who did wrong had to tremble. There is this story that during his rule there was a fountain in the woods where they put a gold cup for the travelers to drink, and no one stole it. That's how disciplined people were under his rule! :)

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      10 years ago from Canada

      I'll keep writng about Transylvania don't you worry!

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      Gabriella D'Anton 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      Your fascination with Transilvania is great and I am happy you are writing about Romania, my country of origins, too often ignored or misrepresented

    • Rebecca E. profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca E. 

      10 years ago from Canada

      I'm trying to think up points of alternate history and my what ifs should be out soon...

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      Madalain Ackley 

      10 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      This is cool.

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      Barbara Bethard 

      10 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Very well written Rebecca!! Also a point of view I hadn't even thought of!

    • sukhera143 profile image


      10 years ago from Home

      Informative hub.


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