Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia

By Seth Gelsomino

Order Of the Dragon

The Order Of the Dragon was a secret organization which formed to take down the Ottoman Turks and protect the cross by fighting enemies of Christianity.

Early life

Vlad was born in Sighișoara, Transylvania, in the winter of 1431 to Vlad II Dracul, In the year of his birth Vlad's father, known under the nickname Dracul, had traveled to Nuremberg where he had been vested into the Order of the Dragon. At the age of five, young Vlad was also initiated into the Order.However In 1436 not long after his father ascended the throne of Wallachia. He was ousted in 1442 by rival factions in league with Hungary, but secured Ottoman support for his return agreeing to pay the Jizya (tax on non-Muslims) to the Sultan and also send his two legitimate sons, Vlad III and Radu, to the Ottoman court, to serve as hostages of his royalty. There Vlad was often beaten because of his verbal abuse and stubbornness towards his trainers.


Because of his expenses while fighting the Turks he became poor and asked fellow boyars for money but one of them accused Vlad of treason and imprisoned him. After he escaped Vlad declared his third reign in 26 November 1476, where it had lasted little more than two months and thereafter he was killed. Vlad is told to have died in many different ways.

Conspiracies about his death

1. he was killed while fighting the Turks surrounded by the bodies of his loyal Moldavian bodyguards.

2. he was killed by disloyal Wallachian boyars also in the war against the Turks, or during a hunt.

3. he was killed by one of his own men

Tools of the trade

Why he was feared at his time period ?

Vlad was feared by the Ottomans and other enemies because of his cruel tortures, and that he would often impale his enemies no matter the age. One time he refused to pay the Ottomans taxes of 10,000 coins and 500 recruits because that would have meant he joined the Ottomans Empire so Vlad had the Turkish envoys killed on the pretext that they had refused to raise their "hats" to him, by nailing their turbans to their heads. Another example of his terrifying reign is when he broke into a Ottomans camp at night and impaled all 15,000 Ottomans there.
Vlad the Impaler Biography

Impact on society today

Vlad was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. Which later lead to the monster we all know on Halloween and many different adaptations. One of my favorite quotes came from Dracula Untold which came out last year,"sometimes the world does not need another hero. Sometimes what it needs…is a monster"


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