Whether you are a super Dracula or Bram Stoker fan, or you just have some strange obsession with Transylvania, you are going to want to dig your teeth into our list of 20 Shocking Facts You Didn’t Know About Vlad Dracula. Few people actually know that the notorious Count Dracula is a different figure from Vlad Tepes (also known as Vlad III). The first one is fictional, while the latter was a true person in history.
Thanks to our list, you can discover the true world of Vlad Tepes. Who exactly was this guy? Did he really just kill for fun and eat his victims? You will have to read our list to find out! We have twenty factoids here that you will want to tell your friends. Just be thankful that you don’t have to travel all the way to Poenari Castle to learn a bit more about this famous (and infamous) historical figure from medieval times.
Sit back, relax, and read on for more insight into Vlad’s life, from his early upbringing to his formative adolescent years. Perhaps you will see why he did the things he did, and how his family life was less-than ideal. But we’ll let you get into that on your own! Finally, enjoy the educational aspect of this list, with important dates and places, as well as some of the visitor and tourist sites that you can still visit today! Transylvania may be far away, but you can feel just a little bit closer thanks to these crunchy Vlad Dracula tidbits.
20 He was a Medieval Prince
19 He was Held Hostage
18 His Dad’s Politics Screwed Him Over
17 He was an Educated Guy
16 Being a Hostage Took a Toll on Him
15 He Took Over for His Dad
14 He was Clever
13 He Inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula
12 His Name Has Meaning
11 The Legend of the Golden Cup
10 He’s Credited With Lots of Deaths
9 We Don’t Know Where His Body is
8 He Had a Killer Castle
7 He Was Prince 3 Times
6 A Lot of Romanians See Him as “Good”
5 Elizabeth Bathory
4 He Had a Prognathism
3 He Was Engaged in Sibling Rivalry
2 His Dad Was Publicly Killed
1 In Fact, He Suffered Lots of Loss
After fleeing to Moldova in 1448 (his dad was already dead at this point, and his bro was no longer loyal,) Vlad become good pals with Prince Bogdan, who was also his uncle. Unfortunately, Prince Bogdan was assassinated in 1451, forcing Vlad to go on the run again. There is a silver lining, though. After leaving Moldova, Vlad returned to Transylvania, where he studied under Janos Hunyadi and King Ladislaus. These two figures taught Vlad much about warfare and fighting. That certainly came in handy, because Vlad sure did have a long of pent-up anger to get out. Sort of explains his preoccupation with death.
Sources: listverse.com, mentalfloss.com, shortlist.com, livescience.com, whatculture.com, touristinromania.net, ign.com, thefw.com, sprott.physics.wisc.edu, travelaway.me
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