posted on Jul, 23 2010 @ 03:20 PM
Yes, there was a real Dracula, and he was a true prince of darkness. He was Prince Vlad III Dracula,
also known as Vlad Tepes, meaning "Vlad the Impaler." The Turks called him Kaziglu Bey, or "the
Impaler Prince." He was the prince of Walachia, but, as legend suggests, he was born in Transylvania,
which at that time was ruled by Hungary.
Walachia was founded in 1290 by a Transylvanian named Radu Negru, or Rudolph the Black. It was dominated by
Hungary until 1330, when it became independent. The first ruler of the new country was Prince Basarab the Great
(1310-1352), an ancestor of Dracula. Dracula's grandfather, Prince Mircea the Old, reigned from 1386 to 1418. He
participated in one too many losing battles against the Turks and was forced to pay tribute to them. He and his
descendants continued to rule Walachia, but as vassals of the Ottoman empire.
The throne of Walachia was not necessarily passed from father to son. The prince, or voivode, was elected by the
country's boyars, or land-owning nobles. This caused fighting among family members, assassinations, and other
unpleasantness. Eventually the House of Basarab was split into two factions - Mircea's descendants, and the
descendants of another prince named Dan. Dan's descendants were called the Danesti.
Mircea had an illegitimate son, Vlad, born around 1390, who was educated in Hungary and Germany. Vlad served
as a page for King Sigismund of Hungary, who became the Holy Roman Emperor in 1410. Sigismund founded a
secret fraternal order of knights called the Order of the Dragon to uphold Christianity and defend the empire
against Turkey. Because of his bravery fighting Turks, Vlad was admitted to the Order, probably in 1431. The
boyars started to call him Dracul, meaning "dragon." Vlad's second son would be known as Dracula, or "son of the
dragon." Dracul also meant "devil." So Dracula's enemies, especially German Saxons, called him "son of the