25 Gory And Bloody Facts About the Real Dracula

Posted by , Updated on October 11, 2016


Vlad III, also known as Vlad Tepes (the Impaler), or just Dracula, was a three-time Voivode (ruler) of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462, the period of the incipient Ottoman conquest of the Balkans. He is considered a folklore hero in many parts of Eastern Europe for his bloody battles to protect Orthodox Christianity from the invading Ottomans. As the cognomen “the Impaler” suggests, his practice of impaling his Turkish enemies is part of his reputation, while his lust for blood would make him, hundreds of years after his death, one of the most popular figures in pop culture history. Count Dracula in Bram Stoker’s famous 1897 novel was inspired by Vlad’s patronymic and reputation, while every film, TV show, literary work, comic book, or video game that has portrayed vampires has been inspired by him in one way or another. Of course, Dracula didn’t go out only at night to find innocent victims to drain of their blood as movies usually depict a vampire doing, but historical sources show us that Vlad did indeed have a taste for blood. After he impaled his enemies, he would dip bread into buckets of their blood and eat it. But if that’s the only thing you know about Dracula—the real man behind the myth—then get ready, because you are about to learn 25 Gory And Bloody Facts About the Real Dracula.


The real historical Dracula was Vlad III (AKA Vlad the Impaler). He was born in Sighisoara, Transylvania, in 1431. A restaurant sits at the site of his birthplace today and receives thousands of tourists annually from all over the world.

Sighisoara, TransylvaniaSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Castelul-bran-iarna.jpg

Dracula’s father was called Dracul, meaning “dragon” according to some sources, and “devil” according to others, because he belonged to the Order of the Dragon, which fought the Ottoman Empire.

DraculSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_II_Dracul

However, Dracula’s mother is unknown, though at the time, his father was believed to have been married to Princess Cneajna of Moldavia. Because he had a number of mistresses at all times, nobody can be sure which was Dracula’s real mother.

Dracula's motherSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: http://www.reusableart.com/kid-images-18.html

Dracula lived in a time of constant war. Transylvania was at the frontier of two great empires: the Ottoman and the Austrian Habsburgs. He was imprisoned at a young age, first by the Turks, who hauled him away in chains, and later by the Hungarians. Dracula’s father was murdered, while his older brother, Mircea, was blinded with red-hot iron stakes and buried alive, two facts that contributed a lot to him becoming so vile and vicious later in life.

TransylvaniaSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image:https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wallachia_cca1390_fr.svg

It is believed that a young Dracula spent some time in Constantinople in 1443 in the court of Constantine XI Palaiologos, a legendary figure of Greek folklore and the final emperor of the Byzantine Empire. It is suggested by some historians that it was there that he developed his hate toward the Ottomans.

Constantine XI PalaiologosSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_XI_Palaiologos

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