Royal car breaks down in Papua New Guinea 05 Nov The Prince himself appears in a video being used to promote the country in which he claims distant kinship with Vlad Tepes, the 15th—century Wallachian ruler on whom the Irish novelist Bram Stoker based his Dracula.
He is credited with killing between 40, topeople in this fashion.
Origin of the name "Dracula" King Sigismund of Hungary, who became the Holy Roman Emperor infounded a secret fraternal order of knights called the Order of the Dragon to uphold Christianity and defend the Empire against the Ottoman Turks. Its emblem was a dragon, wings extended, hanging on a cross.
From onward Vlad II wore the emblem of the order and later, as ruler of Wallachia, his coinage bore the dragon symbol. Order of the Dragon Emblem Click to Enlarge The word for dragon in Romanian is "drac" and "ul" is the definitive article. The sobriquet thus took on a double meaning for enemies of Vlad Tepes and his father.
Historical Background To appreciate the story of Vlad III it is essential to understand the social and political forces of the region during the 15th century. In broad terms this is a story of the struggle to obtain control of Wallachia, a region of the Balkans in present-day southern Romania which lay directly between the two powerful forces of Hungary and the Ottoman Empire.
The Ottomans nonetheless succeeded in penetrating deep into the Balkans during this time. With the fall of Constantinople in under Sultan Mohammed the Conqueror, all of Christendom was suddenly threatened by the armed might of the Ottoman Turks.
The Hungarian Kingdom to the north and west of Wallachia, which reached its zenith during this same time, assumed the ancient mantle as defender of Christendom.
The rulers of Wallachia were thus forced to appease these two empires to maintain their survival, often forging alliances with one or the other, depending upon what served their self-interest at the time. Vlad III is best known by the Romanian people for his success in standing up to the encroaching Ottoman Turks and establishing relative independence and sovereignty albeit for a relatively brief time.
Another factor influencing political life was the means of succession to the Wallachian throne. The throne was hereditary, but not by the law of primogeniture.
The boyars wealthy land-owning nobles had the right to elect the voivode prince from among various eligible members of the royal family.
This allowed for succession to the throne through violent means. Assassinations and other violent overthrows of reigning parties were thus rampant.
It was dominated by Hungary untilwhen it became independent. The first ruler of the new country was Prince Basarab the Great, an ancestor of Dracula. In King Sigismund made Vlad Dracul the military governor of Transylvania, a region directly northwest of Wallachia.
Vlad III was born during this time, in the latter part of Vlad was not content to serve as mere governor, and so gathered supporters for his plan to seize Wallachia from its current occupant, Alexandru I, a Danesti prince.
In he succeeded in his plan, killing Alexandru and becoming Vlad II. Presumably there was an earlier prince also named Vlad. For six years Vlad Dracul attempted to follow a middle ground between his two powerful neighbors. The prince of Wallachia was officially a vassal of the King of Hungary and Vlad was still a member of the Order of the Dragon and sworn to fight the infidel.
At the same time the power of the Ottomans seemed unstoppable. Vlad was forced to pay tribute to the Sultan, just as his father, Mircea the Old, had been forced to do. In Vlad attempted to remain neutral when the Turks invaded Transylvania. Vlad III remained a hostage in Adrianople until Hunyadi demanded that Vlad Dracul fulfill his oath as a member of the Order of the Dragon and a vassal of Hungary and join the crusade against the Turks, yet the wily politician still attempted to steer a middle course.
Rather than join the Christian forces himself, he sent his oldest son, Mircea.The Prince Comes to Power. Once Dracula came back into power he moved quickly to secure his country. All the warring had left Wallachia in a terrible state: crime was rampant, agriculture was failing and trade was non-existent.
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Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler (Romanian: Vlad Țepeș, pronunciation: [ˈ v l a d ˈ t͡s e p e ʃ]) or Vlad Dracula (/ ˈ d r æ k j ə l ə / (Romanian: Vlad Drăculea, pronunciation: [ˈ d r ə k u l e̯a]); /31 – /77), was voivode (or prince) of Wallachia three times between and his death.
He was the second son of Vlad Dracul, who became the ruler of Wallachia in The fictional Dracula was loosely based on a real person with an equally disturbing taste for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or — as he is better known — Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes).