When someone says the word ‘Dracula’ we imagine bloodsucking, inhuman forms of creatures with sharpening teeth to feed on us. But sorry to disappoint you all there’s a whole truth behind it and shockingly there’re bloodsucking vampires today!!
In 1897, Bram Stoker published his novel ‘Dracula; which eventually started sending chills within human forms whoever touched a copy of the book. This simple novel has inspired people over the world to invent TV series and movies based on this very concept, ‘The Dracula’.
Having said that, apparently, there has been a real Dracula in the past. The legends say he was very authentic. Here’s the story behind the ‘Real Dracula’.
In 1431, in Transylvania, Romania a baby boy was born. The boy was named Vlad III. His father Vlad II was ordered into a Knightley order, ‘The order of the dragon’ the very same year his son Vlad II was born. With the new order in hand, Vlad II became to be known as the ‘Dracul’. Later his son Vlad III became the ‘Son of Dracul’ later ‘Dracula’.
King Sigismund of Hungary, who initiated the order of the dragon, had one motive in mind. That was to defeat the Turkish army. There were bloody battles down the border between Turkey and Europe for a very long time and Vlad II was part of this.
In 1442, Vlad III attended a diplomatic meeting with the Turkish/ Ottoman Emperor, Murad II, which was a trap that eventually sent Vlad II and his 2 sons, Vlad III and Radu into dungeons.
However, Vlad II was released but his sons were taken as hostages so Vlad II would do as Murad II would say.
Though the 2 sons were hostages, they were well educated by the emperor. They were taught science, philosophy, and art. They were even taught the art of war and horseback riding.
While the boys were being treated well by the emperor, their father was fighting to keep his place as the ruler of Wallachia, which he would eventually lose in 1447 to Vladislav II. Then Vlad III attempted to take back his rightful place after his father which he succeeded but his reign was short-lived as Vladislav II returns.
Later, Vlad III crossover his faith and devotion to the King of Hungary who happened to hold a grudge against Vladislav II. After successfully regaining his position, he made is public that he’s a loyal subject of Hungary now.
In fact’ it’s said that even stop paying annual tributes to the Ottoman Emperor afterward.
There had been constant battles for Vlad III to keep his place.
He once invited 100s of his rivals to a banquet and brutally murdered everyone. He slowly came to be known for his brutal and cruel ways by the public.
Another incident that would send chill vibes was that when the Ottoman Emperor sent his envoys to speak with Vlad III, he demanded them to remove their turbans. When they were reluctant to do so as it’s against their religion, Vlad III saw that the turbans would FOREVER stay in their head.
He simply nailed the turbans into their heads.
Vlad III was a tough ruler and everybody feared his name. Nevertheless, in 1462 the Ottoman emperor Mehmet II defeated Vlad III and he was imprisoned for many years. It’s said that even though he was in exile he got married and had 2 children. And that his brother Radu sided with the Ottoman Emperor and became the ruler of Wallachia but after his death in 1475, local boyars took over his place.
In 1476, Vlad III managed to win back his seat but it was short-lived as he was killed on the way to another battle with the Ottoman Emperor.
It’s not so clear as to where exactly the tomb of the real Vlad III is. Even the castle people are referring to as the ‘Dracula Castle’ in Transylvania isn’t the real place where Vlad III lived according to the latest findings.
But the good news is, the real ‘Dracula’ is dead for sure and isn’t haunting or preying on human blood. But the bad news is, we don’t know the latest update on the ‘Dracula’ created by Stoker.
And like I said at the beginning, there’re blood-sucking vampires in the society today. You might or mightn’t have come across one so far but I guarantee you that you would come across at least one during this lifetime. So prepare yourself.