Vlad III Dracula

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Vlad III Dracula was born in 1431 in Sighişoara, a region in historic Transylvania and a city in Romania (Pallardy). He was the son of Vlad II Dracul, who was the “voivode of Wallachia in present-day Romania” (Bos.). Voivode is a Slavic title that originally denoted the principal commander of a military force. It derives from the word vojevoda, which in early Slavic meant the bellidux, i.e. the military commander of an area, but it usually had a greater meaning. The father was assassinated while he was holding this position (Wirkkala). Vlad then began many campaigns to regain his father’s seat (Lallanilla). This was only the beginning of the need for power that Vlad started to have. Vlad was successful in regaining the political power the…show more content…
The people he captured would be gruesomely murdered. He impaled people and left their bodies on sticks in the yards around his castle. “His penchant for impaling his enemies on stakes in the ground and leaving them to die earned him the name Vlad the Impaler. He inflicted this type of torture on foreign and domestic enemies alike: notably, as he retreated from a battle in 1462, he left a field filled with thousands of impaled victims as a deterrent to pursuing Ottoman forces.” (Pallardy). “Vlad Dracula used all kind of methods of torture and execution, like nails in heads, scalping, cutting off of limbs, noses, ears and breasts, blinding, strangulation and skinning, burning, roasting and boiling alive, exposure to wild animals or mutilation of sexual organs. Impalement, however, was Vlad's preferred method.” (Bos.). His cruel forms of torture is what made him famous and his name started to spread along with his cruel…show more content…
While him and his military were marching into another battle with the Ottomans, him and his soldiers were ambushed and Vlad was killed (Lallanilla). His body was decapitated and his head sent to Constantinople. The sultan had it displayed on a stake as proof that the Impaler was dead (Bos.). He was then reportedly buried at Snagov, an island monastery located near Bucharest (Wirkkala). The legend of Vlad the Impaler is still widely known by everyone around the world. His cruel atrocities that lead his equally gruesome punishment can be a lesson to anyone who may have the same ideas as
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