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Leaders in Medieval Times - Vlad III-The Real Dracula.

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Leaders in Medieval Times: Vlad III-The Real Dracula Vlad III-known also as Vlad Tepes, "The Impaler", and Vlad Dracula, "Son of the Devil/Dragon"-was widely known for his governmental policies, harsh punishments, and cruel acts, as his various monikers suggest. This rather interesting historical figure caught the eye of author Bram Stoker and served as the basic model for his infamous fictional horror character "Dracula" in 1897, although there are few concrete similarities between the two. Vlad III was born in Sigisoara, Transylvania in 1431. His father was a member of The Order of the Dragon, a military and religious order of knights who fought for Catholicism and to crusade against the Turks. ...read more.


It was during this reign he committed many of his rumored cruelties and came to be known for being ruthless. One of his first actions as ruler was an act of revenge for the death of his father on behalf on Vladaslav II's followers, the boyars of Targoviste, the nobility that had backed his father's enemy. He arrested all of them, impaled the older ones, and used the remainder as a labor force to build a fortress. The nobility didn't survive the terrible work, and not only did Vlad III get a new fortress, but he effectively got rid of the opposing noble class. For those under the control of Vlad III, penalties for crime were harsh. ...read more.


The gruesome scene came to be known as the "Forest of the Impaled". The horrifying stories of the actions of Vlad III are numerous, and it's no wonder that he came to be the model for the modern-day Dracula-now one of the greatest horror figures of all time. Vlad III was killed in battle in 1476. His head was displayed on a stake to prove he was dead and his body was buried at the Snagov monastery. But, not even in his death did he cease to evoke eerie feelings; a later historical excavation in 1931 proved mysteriously fruitless, as nothing was found in the search for his coffin. Sotiria Tutzarakis Hour 6 November 6, 2003 ...read more.

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