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Undoubtedly we have all heard legends about vampires These undead creatures were born to live by sucking the blood of innocent humans But where did these monsters originate The name Dracula comes from Vlad III of fifteenth century Romania Porter Contrary to popular opinion though Dracula was not a vampire but rather one of the greatest rulers that had every reigned over RomaniaLeblanc states Vlad III was born in November or December 1431 in the fortress of Sighisoara Romania His father Vlad II belonged to the Order of the Devil which was established to fight off the invading Turks that wished to conquer Romania He took the name Dracul which means devil in the Romanian language and his son Vlad III was given the name Dracula meaning son of the devil Porter Dracula was raised by his mother while his father was in exile When Vlad II regained the throne in 1436 Dracula was taken in by his father and taught to live as a nobleman Leblanc Porter says Dracula learned all the skills of war and peace that were deemed necessary for a Christian knight At the age of sixteen Draculas father and older brother were assassinated by the Turks The Turks then supported Draculas attempt to be the next king With Turkish assistance Vlad III managed to briefly seize his fathers throne but lost it to the Hungarians two months later Porter In 1456 he ruled over the throne of Wallachia which was southern Romania That began his longest reign as king which was for the next six years LeblancDuring this time period Vlad III performed some of the worst cruelties giving him the reputation he is renowned for today He was given the name Tepes which in Romanian means impaler Florescu and McNally Florescu and McNally state Vlad was so-named because of his penchant for impalement as a means of punishing his enemies A person was impaled by having a large pointed
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