Vlad the Impaler

Vlad the Impaler

The Life of Vlad the Impaler

Vlad Dracolya (Also pronounced Dracula – Translated as Son of Dragon) was also known as the notorious, Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler.   He was born in Wallachia in 1431, the son of Vlad II Dracul (Dracul Translated as Dragon), the King of Wallachia, and Princess Cneajna, the daughter of the King of Moldavia.

A portrait of Vlad the Impaler

He ruled Wallachia from 1456 to 1462, and then again briefly in 1468.   Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania would eventually unite to form the nation now known as Romania.   Many references to Vlad as a ruler of Romania, or Romanian Prince, can be found, though he in truth he only ruled the nation of Wallachia which was a state in its own right at this time.

His Father Vlad II belonged to an order called the Order of The Dragon. This order was a semi religious and military order established in 1347 by the then Pope to protect Christianity from the faith of Islam.   Vlad followed his Father in also becoming a member of this Order.

In 1444,   when Vlad was 13 years old his Father was forced to send him and his younger brother Radule to Turkey to live as life long Prisoners of the Sultan and Ruler of the Otterman Empire, Murad II.  

Even though the Sultan, and the Otterman Empire, was Islamic, and therefore the enemy of his faith and his state, Vlad's father had no choice but to do this because of the political pressure and threat of invasion from Hungary, a nation that had already dethroned him once, and whom he had only been able to remove and regain his throne with the help of the Sultan and his Empire.   So long as the Sultan had Vlad and his brother Radule as prisoners he could be sure that their father would pay him tax's and not cause him any trouble.

Vlad spent many years in the Sultan's dungeon and refused all attempts to convert him to Islam. He was beaten and tortured by his gaolers for this. During his time in the dungeon's Vlad witnessed...