Saturday, April 23, 2011
The Real Dracula
The fictional character of Count Dracula was based on a real man Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia. Near Moldavia, his domain suffered under his rule from 1456 to 1462. His legacy came largely from his brazen and brutal execution methods. He engaged in genocide against a group of people called the boyar who he felt wronged him. Vlad hurt people as he ate dined. Some of the most common tactics were impaling, burning, skinning, roasting, forcing people to eat the flesh of their friends.
Vlad's estate had concentric rings of impaled enemies radiating outwards from his lair. The bodies stayed up for days to create a horrendous stench.
A wave of vampire fear was moving through the Europe at that time and still lingers today. The novelist Bram Stoker is credited with bringing Vlad into the legend of Dracula.
Posted by Andrew at 9:08 PM