Terror of Wallachia: The Reign of Vlad the Impaler (Video)
The name "Dracula" immediately brings to mind images of a bloodthirsty vampire, but the true story of the man behind the myth is just as chilling. Vlad III, also known as Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler, was a ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century who became infamous for his brutal tactics and love of torture. His reign was marked by constant conflict with neighboring powers, especially the Ottoman Empire, whom he fought with a fierce determination fueled by a childhood of captivity and trauma.
Even after his death, rumors of a curse and the mysterious disappearance of his body continue to haunt those who dare to study his life. This is the true story of Vlad the Impaler and how the myths and legends that surround this notorious figure were inspired by real horrors.
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Top image: Vlad III, known as Vlad the Impaler. Source: byerenyerli / Adobe Stock.