Ok....as i said in an earlier reply i was going to go into a little background information on Vlad...i have so far collected and compliled a short
background history on Vlad and had included links to certain groups and people involved in his early life and later on in his years.
Included is pictures of his family, himself, his home, Castle Bran, and several other important pictures related to his rein and history.
Vlad Tepes was born in late november/december 1431, in a fortress of Sighisoara in Romania. His father, Vlad Dracul, was the miltary Governor of
Transylvania, recently appointed to him by Emperor Sigismund, had also been inducted into the Order of the Dragon about a year before. The order,
which could be compared to the Knights of the Hospital of St John or even to the the Teutonic Order of Knights, was a semimilitary and religious
society, originally created in 1387 by the Holy Roman Emperor and his second wife, Barbara Cilli.
In the winter of 1436-1437, Dracul became prince of Wallachia, one of the three Romanian provinces, and took up in the residence at the palace of
Tirgoviste, the princely capital. Vlad followed his father and lived for 6yrs at the court. In 1442 for political reasons, Vlad and his younger
brother, Radu, were taken hostage by the Sultan Murad II; he was held in Turkey till 1448, while his Radu decided to stay there until 1462. This
captivity must have played a seriously large part in Vlad's youth. In 1447, the Turks set him free after informing him of his father's
assassination, organised by Vladislav II. He also learned about his older brothers death: Mircea was the oldest legitimate son of Dracul, and how he
had been tortured and buried alive by the boyars of Tirgoviste.
Older Years and Military Campaigns
At 17 years old, Vlad began his first military campaign against those who caused him grief and emotional harm in his childhood. Backed with a force
of Turkish cavalry and a contingent of troops lent to him by pasha Mustafa Hassan, he began his campaign of seizing the Wallachian throne. But the
other claimer to the throne, no other than Vladislav II, defeated him 2 months later.
It was 1456 that Vlad had his next chance at killing his fathers murderers and mortal enemy, he then began his longest reign, 6 years, during which he
commited many cruelties, and hence established his controversal reputation.
His first major act of revenge was soley at the boyers of Tirgoviste for the killing of his father and brother. On easter sunday, 1459, he arrested
and rounded up the boyers families, Impaling the older ones on stakes while forcing the others to march from the capital to the town of Poenari. This
gruelling trek claimed many lives and those who survived the 50 mile treck where not allowed to rest until they arrived destination. Here he forced
them to build his beautiful fortress overlooking the Arges River. Many died in the process but they succeded in creating a new nobility and obtaining
a fortress for future emergencies.
Below are the links i have used to pull the information i need and also some pictures of Vlad himself and of Castle Bran and of his torture of his
Please...a couple of the pics can look a bit ouchie...dont look to hard or u may have trouble sittin down if u think of it to much lol
Vlad's full biography