25 Gory And Bloody Facts About the Real Dracula

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.

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During one battle, Dracula retreated to nearby mountains, impaling people as he went. This forced the Turkish forces to stop going after him because the sultan could not bear the stench from the decaying corpses.

ImpalingSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Disasters_of_War#/media/File:Prado_-_Los_Desastres_de_la_Guerra_-_No._39_-_Grande_haza%C3%B1a,_con_muertos.jpg
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Impaled corpses were displayed as a warning to others, while their white, blood-drained appearance with a visible neck wound perpetuated the notion that Vlad Tepes was a vampire.

ImpalingSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler#/media/File:Impaled.gif
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During the times he had to retreat so he wouldn’t be captured by his enemies, he would burn down his own villages and murder hundreds of local people along the way so that the Ottoman army would have nowhere to rest or find women to rape.

Source: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler#/media/File:AtaculdeNoapte.jpgSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vlad_the_Impaler#/media/File:AtaculdeNoapte.jpg
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In an attempt to clean up the streets of the capital of Wallachia (Targoviste), Dracula invited all the sick, vagrants, and beggars over to one of his homes under the pretext of a feast. After they all had a delicious (last) meal, Dracula left, locked them all in, and burned the building to the ground.

targovisteSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Curtea_Domneasca_-_Targoviste_(judetul_Dambovita).jpg
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When he was older, Vlad was eventually captured and decapitated during a Turkish invasion and his head was given to the sultan, who impaled it outside his palace so everybody could see it.

BattleSource: Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Turkish_War_(1877%E2%80%9378)

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