Vladislav III, also known as Vlad the Impaler, was and still is one of the most savage, cruel people to date. He was the main inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. Vlad used over forty-five methods of torture and invented fifteen. It has been estimated that he killed anywhere from 50,000 to 500,000 people. I chose Vlad because I wanted someone who was brutal, shocking, and had information that wasn't hard to find. Vlad also has an interesting background in which he went from Turkish prison scum to Prince of Wallachia.
Vlad III was born in December of 1431 in the Transylvanian city of Sighisoara. His father, Vlad II, was living in exile during his birth, while his mother was left to raise and educate him. Vlad had two brothers named Mircea and Radu. Mircea was older than Vlad, and often he would hurt Vlad severely for no reason. Radu was the youngest and Vlad protected and cared for him. When Vlad turned thirteen years old his father sent him along with his younger brother to a prison in Adrianople, Turkey as a sign of loyalty to the sultan. After a few weeks the Turkish guards took him into solitude. Some say that Vlad's vey own guards were afraid of him. His brother, on the other hand, was living in the king's court. Vlad was grateful that his brother was getting treated like royalty, until he figured out why. The sultan and his advisors, both male and female, had been molesting poor Radu. They even made a joke about it in his royal title: Radu the Handsome. Vlad was released four years later, but despite all his desperate attempts Radu stayed behind.
When Vlad returned to Wallachia he was told three things: his father was assassinated by his uncle, his older brother, Mircea, had his eyes gouged out, and was buried alive by the boyars of Tirgoviste, and Wallachia had been thrown into a completely chaotic state. Vlad thought he would be the rightful heir to the throne, but alas! The boyars had taken control, so Vlad impaled the boyars and their elders on...
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