Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, was a figure in the Medieval era who has become connected
with the Dracula legend. Forget bloodsucking, this guy was in to much more hardcore stuff. He impaled
friend and foe alike. One he turned back a Turkish
they saw thousands upon thousands
of their comrades dead on wooden stakes. Once, when
an envoy refused to take off his turban in his presence Vlad
had it nailed to his head.
Of course, this didn't help Vlad when
the Reaper came knocking for him. Eventually he was killed, by the Turks or rebellious nobles
we cannot be sure. But his head was cut off, preserved in honey to keep
it sweet and then stuck on a pole.
his apparently hideous crimes Vlad
was a good ruler. He insisted on total loyalty from his people and his ruthlessness aided him in his war against the Turkish
invaders. When first
ascending to power one of his first
moves was to imprison the treacherous boyars who probably killed his father. And rather than heap favours upon
old Lords he apparently prefered to knight members
of the peasantry.
Although, as we've seen, it wasn't enough to save him.