Vlad the Impaler: The Bloodthirsty Truth Behind Dracula’s Namesake

Vlad III Dracula's reign looks monstrously cruel to today's eyes, but he was revered by his people.

painting: Vlad the Impaler meets with Turkish envoys
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painting of Vlad the Impaler
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  • Vlad the Impaler, as painted sometime in the 15th century.

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Image of Bran Castle, Romanian castle associated with Dracula
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  • Bran Castle, pictured, is often associated with the Dracula myth, although Vlad likely never set foot inside its walls.

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