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"Dark Prince"

Vlad III the Impaler

Vlad III Dracula
Prince of Wallachia

Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (c. 1431 December 1476), more commonly known as the Impaler (Romanian: Vlad Ţepeş pronounced [ˈvlad ˈt͡sepeʃ]) or Draculea, was a three-time voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462.

Historically Vlad is best known for his resistance to the Ottoman Empire and its expansion and for the cruel punishments he imposed on his enemies.

In the English-speaking world Vlad III is perhaps most commonly known for inspiring the name of the vampire in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.

Reign 1448; 1456-1462; 1476
Born c. 1431
Birthplace Schäßburg, Transylvania, Hungary
Died December 1476 (aged 45)
Place of death Bucharest, Wallachia
Wives 1. a Transylvanian noblewoman
2. Ilona Szilágyi
Offspring 1st marriage:
Mihnea cel Rău
2nd marriage:
Vlad Dracula and another son whose name remains unknown
Royal House House of Drăculeşti (branch of the House of Basarab)
Father Vlad II Dracul
Mother Princess Cneajna of Moldavia

Vlad III. Drăculea

Vlad III. (* 7. Dezember 1431 wahrscheinlich in Sighişoara; † Dezember 1476 in Bukarest), war 1448, 14561462 und 1476 Wojwode des Fürstentums Walachei.

Vlad III. trug wegen seiner Vorliebe für die Hinrichtungsart der Pfählung den Beinamen Ţepeş [ˈtsepeʃ] (deutsch der Pfähler).

Ein weiterer Beiname‚ Drăculea (deutsch Sohn des Drachen, vom lateinischen draco, Drache) leitet sich von der Mitgliedschaft seines Vaters Vlad II. Dracul im Drachenorden ab. Dieser Beiname wurde oft falsch als Sohn des Teufels übersetzt, da das rumänische Wort Drac Teufel bedeutet.

Die sich um Vlad III. Ţepeş Drăculea rankenden Legenden dienten als Vorlage für Bram Stokers Roman Dracula.


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