Bram Stoker crafted his legendary Dracula in 1987.
Ever since then, authors and directors alike have tried to recreate the Vampire legend in a variety of ways.
But, where did this supernatural myth first originate?
The answer: the equally as infamous Prince of Wallachia, Vlad III, better known as Vlad, the Impaler.
Who was Vlad III?
Vlad, the Impaler was born in 1431 AD and acquired his morbid nickname through his most-loved activity: drinking his enemy’s blood. Vlad was born in what is now known as Transylvania, at the centre of Romania.
In the year of Vlad III’s birth, his father, Vlad II joined The Order of the Dragon, earning him the new surname of Dracul (from old Romanian word for Dragon- DRAC.) As such, Vlad III soon became known as the Son of Dracul, or in Romanian- Drăculea. However, in modern-day Romania, DRAC translates into The Devil.
Vlad II’s mission, as a member of The Order of the Dragon, was to conquer the Turkish Empire. His homeland, Wallachia was situated between Christian and Muslim lands and was often the sight of many gruesome battles.
After negotiations hit a snag in 1442, Vlad II’s two sons (one being Vlad III, the Impaler) were held captive by the Turks (Ottomans), and were tutored by their enemies in Science, Philosophy, and the Arts.
Seems like an odd way to treat your imprisoned guests, if you ask me.
When Vlad’s father (Vlad II) was removed from his throne, Vlad sought to challenge the new ruler. He invited hundreds of Boyars (the rank of nobility just below a Prince) to a grand feast. Already aware that they would challenge his position of power, Vlad, the Impaler had all of them stabbed, their fresh corpsed impaled purposefully on large spikes around the room.
I imagine his style of decor was rather morbid.
But, why the Vampire Myth?
A clip in the following video explains this in rather shocking detail.
Please use the time-mark below as a reference for where the section on the Vampire Myth begins.
[6 minutes 43 seconds – 8 minutes 33]
Happy Mythological Monday, bookworms!