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Bram Stoker immortalized a character named Dracula in his late 19th century horror novel and while it was a fictitious tale about a bloodthirsty vampire it did hold some historical truth The real Dracula was born Vlad III prince of Walachia He was the son of a governor Vlad II or Vlad Dracul Dracul in Romanian translates to dragon and as Dracul being the dragon it is only natural that his son would be known as Dracula or son of dragon Leatherdale 90 Tepes was trained when he was young to be a valiant knight in the crusades He was rumored to be a direct descendant of Ghengis Kahn Farson 130Throughout Vlad IIIs reign of Walachia he was viewed as both a brutal and heartless savage and a brave patriot Vlad III was born in 1431 in the Translyvanian town of Sighisoara Leatherdale p 90 He had an older brother Mircea and a younger brother Radu the Handsome Their mother may have been a Moldavian princess or a Tranyslyvanian noble It is said that she educated Vlad in his early years Later an old boyar or nobleman who had fought the Turks trained him for knighthood Vlads father was a powerful governor but was not content to remain a mere governor of his life During his years in Transylvania he gathered supporters for his plan to seize Walachias throne from its current occupant a Danesti prince named Alexandru I in the late 1436 or early 1437 Vlad Dracul killed Alexandru and became Prince Vlad II Vlad was a vassal of Hungary and also had to pay tribute to Hungarys enemy Turkey In 1442 Turkey invaded Transylvania Vlad tried to stay neutral but Hungarys rulers blamed him and drove him and his family out of Walachia The following year Vlad regained the throne with the help of the sultan of Turkey In 1444 he sent his two younger sons
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