Hi guys, I followed this forum for some time, but just now I registered.
I am from Romania, and I want to tell you my opinion on this whole Vlad/Dracula subject.
Please know that I am not against this myth with Vlad the Impaler being Dracula, because it is good for business here, as a lot of tourists come
focusing on this subject.
As it has been stated on this thread, Vlad`s father was Vlad Dracul.The name Dracul comes from the Order of the Dragon - Societas Draconistrarum,
which was a knight order.That`s where the Dracul name comes from, because in Romanian, drac means dragon, but later, because of the association of the
dragon with evil, bad things , according to popular folklore in Romania, drac means also a devil of some kind.Not Satan, but something very evil.
Anyway, Vlad the Impaler - that`s what Tepes means in english,was the ruler of Valahia and he battled the Turks.Along with the fights with the turks,
he was also fighting the boyars, which were the corrupt feudal lords and who killed,among many others, Vlad Dracul and Mircea, the father and brother
of Vlad Tepes.Another reason why he killed most of them was because they had a big power in Valahia, the power to put rulers on the throne.He killed
them and appointed other boyars, which were loyal to him only.It is something similar with the thing Stalin did, when he killed all the old school
communists in Russia.
Regarding the famous impalements: this was the punishment he instated for criminals.He also used this method to kill the turk prisoners he got from
the battles.This was a very succesful method of putting a big fear in the turkish soldiers, who,when invading Valahia saw literally woods of stakes
with turks on them,left rotting .You can only assume that the sight of hundreds of impaled turks had a very big effect on the invading armies, causing
desertions and retreats.
This,along with some brilliant war strategies used against the turks, made Vlad Tepes a big hero to the Balkan countries,and even Western Europe who
feared the muslim invasion of the otoman empire.And also made him the biggest enemy of the turks, who, after all the horror stories heard of him,
taught he was an actual monster.
One user said on this subject that Romanian mothers used to tell naughty children that Vlad Dracula will come for them if they don`t behave.
Actually that is what the turkish mothers told their children.
Anyway, among the boyars killed by Vlad, there were a lot of Hungarian traders, with a lot of relations and influence all over the Holy Roman
Empire.In revenge to the killings made by Vlad, they made up stories that he eats babies, drinks their blood, and stuff like that.
That, along with the stories(mostly based on actual facts ) of Elisabeth Bathory, a countess from Transilvania that lived long after Vlad, made a
legend that Transilvania is a land of evil ,mysticism, with vampires,werewolves etc.
That`s where Bram Stoker based his story, and actually if you visit Transilvania, with the rocky mountains,with a lot of caves and ruined castles and
fortresses, deep forests, you could believe that Dracula`s home is really here.
So in conclusion, Vlad Tepes was not a real vampire, he didn`t have a "medical condition that made him have vampire teeth " !!!! OMG
and he didn`t drink the blood of babies.It was all legend, with which Vlad mostly agreed, as it made the enemies in Otoman Empire and also the
possibly rebellious people in Valahia fear him more than the devil itself
But the legend is so cool
and also the relation between Dracula and Judas is a great gimmick for a movie or a book, but in my opinion is oh so very
Actually, human vampires may actually be mentally ill people influenced by this legend,than the other way around.
That is my opinion and I thought to share it with you guys.