History of Vlad Tepes

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Who is the real Dracula? When the name “Dracula” is mentioned, should we refer to the undead blood-sucking vampire who sleeps in coffins and transforms into a bat, or should we reflect upon a fifteenth century Romanian prince with an obsession for impalement?

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History of Vlad TepesHistory of Vlad Tepes (Dracula)By Lois BatuWho is the real Dracula? When the name Dracula is mentioned, should we refer to the undead blood-sucking vampire who sleeps in coffins and transforms into a bat, or should we reflect upon a fifteenth century Romanian prince with an obsession for impalement? Such questions lead us to realize that folklore offers us one Dracula, while history offers us another. We can thank Bram Stoker for stealing Draculas name and replacing it with a mythical villain who cannot even endure sunlight, and for leaving us to piece together the truth of a forgotten man. When the myth finally dies, and the fables are at last put to bed, the name of Dracula will remain unchanged in our history books as it has for over half a millennia. Then we will find that the true history of Dracula, in fact, is far more fascinating than any vampire fairy tale. The real Dracula, Vlad Tepes III Dracula, was born during the winter months of 1431 in the Transylvanian fortress of Sighisoara, located in Romania. Draculas father, Vlad II, had three sons: the eldest, Mircea; Vlad, who kept his namesake; and Radu, who would come to be known as The Handsome. The early childhoods of Dracula and Radu were typical for sons of the nobility. Draculas first steps in becoming a monster were taken on at the age of five, when he began a formal apprenticeship for knighthood. Dracula learned

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