Movies featuring vampires are immensely popular these days. Because of this general interest in these blood-drinking creatures, Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula has lately gained new popularity, too. The vampire Count Dracula’s character has come into a spotlight, and readers have learned about his struggle to move to England from Transylvania. Yet not many know the biography of Dracula’s prototype, Vlad III, who makes the fictional Dracula look hypersensitive by comparison. Here are blood-curdling facts about the historical Dracula.
1.Dracula Dipped His Bread In Blood
The historical Prince Dracula did not bite his victims on their necks and did not sip their blood from their wounds. Yet Vlad III did dip bread during his meals in buckets of blood. The manuscript from the 15th century tells a story of the Prince of Wallachia's cruel treatment of his guests. Once Dracula invited guests to dine in his castle. After they have eaten, he ordered to impale them. Watching them dying on pales, he calmly continued eating, not forgetting to dip his bread into buckets into which the blood of his victims was gushing.
2.Dracula Cruelly Avenged For His Father's Death
Most of his youth the Prince of Wallachia spent in a Turkish prison. After he was liberated, he returned home only to find his father betrayed and killed by his own people. He also learned that some of the backstabbers belonged to the local aristocracy, though he could not find out who exactly had taken part in the killing. Bent on revenge, he invited about 500 people to dine in his castle, reasoning that some of them surely were his father's betrayers. In order not to leave any possible killer alive, he killed all of them off without exception.
3.Dracula Had Morbid Sense Of Humor
Dracula was not without a sense of humor. He often poked fun at his victim and cruelly so. The 15th century manuscript tells how the Prince of Wallachia impaled his victims and, watching them whirling in pain, praised the graciousness of their movements on stakes. Another story tells how the prince stacked a man's house with dead bodies. When the man complained about the bad smell in his house, Vlad III pierced him with a sword and pinned him to the ceiling, assuring him that the stink is felt less from above.
4.Dracula Used to Get Rid Of Poor And Sick
Dracula tended to get rid of all sick, poor, and old people. In order to do this, he used to gather such people in his house under the pretext of feeding them a nice dinner. While they were eating, he locked them in the room and set the whole house on fire. Often, the Prince of Wallachia burned entire villages in an attempt to clear his land of ill and poor people. According to various manuscripts, during his reign, Dracula cruelly killed off from 40,000 to 100,000 people.
5.Dracula Poisoned All His Wells
In the 15th century, Wallachia was constantly attacked by the Turks. In one of the battles, when Dracula's army was forced to retreat, he ordered to burn his own villages on the way of the Turkish army so that it would not have place to rest and eat. For the same reason, the Prince of Wallachia poisoned all wells in his country: the Turks had either to be thirsty or poisoned.
6.Dracula Varied His Means Of Killing
During Dracula's reign, impaling was the only officially accepted way of penalizing people for crimes. How people broke the law did not really matter. Whether they murdered somebody or just stole something, they were impaled. Yet Dracula showed some imagination in choosing penalties for his victims. Once a Gypsy stole something. So, the Prince of Wallachia ordered to boil him alive and then forced the members of his tribe to eat his remains.
The Prince of Wallachia was killed in a battle with the Turkish army. His cruelty worked this time against him. Many of his people deserted him and joined the Turkish army, whose treatment of soldiers was much more mild and humane than Dracula's. So, it is possible that Dracula's own people beheaded him and then sent his head to the Turkish Sultan. The Sultan hanged it on the wall in his palace.