s First, allow me to apologize for not posting in such a long time! I had a very busy week. Hope this does not affect my Stats :). Im taking a break from history and doing a science ”experiment”. My friend doubts that music has ANY effect on the mind. I believe it has a huge effect, so im doing research and using plants as an example.
Now, a post I think many of you will find very interesting. The True History of Dracula, or Vlad The Impaler.
This is one of the few portraits of Dracula. This man goes by many names including Dracula, Vlad Tepes (pronounced tse-pesh), Vlad III the impaler, Vlad Dracula or Vlad III Prince of Wallachia. I’m going to call him Dracula during this post. For the record, Tepes stands for Impaler.
Whats with ”The Impaler” as a suffix to his name you may ask. He was known for punishing criminals, poor, or disabled by impaling them on a stake. This would also scare trespassers, and people to commit crime. He is known to have killed up to 100,000 people. That’s a lot more during the 15th century, considering that population was much smaller.
The origin of the word Dracula is also very interesting. King Sigismund of Hungary started a secret order of knights, known as The Order of The Dragon. Their job was to save Christianity, and defend their land against the Ottoman Turks. Dracula’s father (Vlad II) was admitted to the Order around 1431 because of his bravery in fighting the Turks, and from then on wore the symbol. Dracula’s father was known as Vlad Dracul. Meaning ‘Vlad the Dragon’. In Romanian, Ulea means Son, so DracULA meant son of the dragon. Drac also means devil, so when historians were reading some of the texts from Dracula’s enemies it would say Vlad The Devil.
Here is a picture of the emblem. Note the cross on the dragons wings.
Your main question right now is ”Was Dracula a Vampire?!?!”, fortunately the answer is no. So how did he become famous vampire?
How did he go from this
One common MYTH is that Dracula was addicted to blood. That’s a myth, I don’t think he was really addicted to blood. My theory is that Bram Stoker simply had a fascination with Dracula. However, Dracula also had some very violent forms of torture, so violent I could not read the detail of it, so i would rather not share it in this post. If you want information on his torture methods Wikepidia has some good information under ”legacy” of his torture.