Vlad the Impaler – Real Dracula!

There was in fact a real man on whom Dracula was based – the man, who lived a little over 500 years ago was named Vlad the Impaler.  Although Vlad was a ruler of Wallachia (a region in Romania), by all accounts he was also a somewhat violent man, earning his nickname “the impaler” due to the fact that he liked to kill his enemies by impalement, which is to say that he would drive a stake through their bodies.  They say that Vlad hated lies, stealing, and deception, and so you were most at risk of being impaled if you were a liar, stealer, or deceiver.

The Real Dracula?
Vlad himself was not known to be an actual vampire – he did not drink blood nor did he avoid the sunlight.  But he was incredibly violent.  He was also a Dracul and was actually called Dracula when he wa alive!  Part of this is because Vlad’s father’s name was Vlad Dracul.  (Dracula means son of Dracul.) When the author Bram Stoker developed his novel about a bloodthirsty vampire, he had also been reading the history of the area of Wallachia, and the idea of Vlad and the vampire seemed to go together. Count Dracula was therefore born. Interestingly Vlad’s surname “Dracul” also in the present day translation means “devil” which is especially fitting to the vampire Dracula.  Vlad the Impaler was also born in Transylvania and had a castle  – the same as Bram Stoker’s vampire Dracula.

Easter Sunday
Today, on Easter Sunday, about 553 years ago (the year 1457), Vlad the Impaler was fulfilling one of his longest wishes – he took revenge against the people that were responsible for the deaths of his father and brother by impaling them!

Dracula’s Castle
The castle that Bram Stoker used in his novel Dracula was a castle in Transylvania known as Bran Castle.  Bran Castle has been dubbed “Dracula’s Castle” and has been turned into a museum.  The actual home that Vlad lived in was Poenari Castle – this “Castle Dracula” is just ruins today.



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25 Responses

  1. lee ann says:

    Oh Easter lovely another useless holiday used as an exscuse for people to laze around and doing basically the same thing they would do anyway. A chance for the lonely people in the world to meet up with their families and show affection and love and gross things like that…

  2. Jeremy says:

    :O but true Easter is just more time to do nothing.

  3. lee ann says:

    Oh Jeremy Jeremy Jeremy, listen I know it’s hard to admit sometimes but I’m right and your wrong its just a simple fact of life….. ALWAYS

  4. White Fang says:

    haha lee ann. *high five*

  5. Jeremy says:

    (>_>) how old are you? lee ann i’m a lot younger than you maby you got some big words in there hehe.

  6. lee ann says:

    I’m as old as I feel like being

  7. lee ann says:

    You can’t be so young as to not understand what I said in that paragraph thats just sad I wasn’t even being complex! how old are you???

  8. Jeremy says:

    11 >..<

  9. TaYlOr WoLf Of NeW says:

    hi lee ann, you might want to be nice to the kid. you dont waant to many people against you.

  10. Anubis says:

    honestly, i don’t blame her….. the younger they are the more they need to learn and experience…… and the more they need common since, and in this case the more he needs to get out

  11. lee ann says:

    Taylor darling don’t try and threaten me because really it’s not going to work.

  12. she is just speaking words of wisdom, too many enemies and not enough allies, not a good mix.. But i’m sure you will find this out soon enough…

  13. lee ann says:

    You’d be suprised rayne you weren’t my only ally and I have plenty more

  14. Kato says:

    Have you ever felt you don’t belong? like People mock and laugh at you, I feel that way. After talking to a friend (that’s what I thought he was) he turned on me and started harassing me, he then started lying to my other friends and said that I was the one being nasty. he started saying stuff like I was part of the “Furry Fandom” for being a werecat. I Just want to say I am not part of the Fandom.

  15. astyanax says:

    well that was before i found out that i was just half of the whole ^^

  16. Jeremy says:

    Did someone say i was a girl O_O? im 100% male

  17. death by moon says:

    ok leeann as far as i know your in 8th grade like me which means if you are in 8th grade your either 13 or 14 which when you think about it isn’t that much more mature than an eleven year old. besides hes only 11 you cant expect him to know everything yet.

  18. lee ann says:

    I’m impressed someones been paying decent attention, I’m suprised your a human.

  19. death by moon says:

    Actually i might not be human i dont know for sure yet.

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