1476 – Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia better known as Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler died in battle against the Ottomans.

Vlad Tepes 1463

Due to the swings of power in the Hungarian lands, Vlad Tepes could be found fighting against Bohemian mercenaries employed by the emperor Matthia Corvinus, and with Bohemians fighting against the Ottomans.

Romanian folklore and literature paints Vlad  as a hero. His reputation in his native country as a man who stood up to both foreign and domestic enemies -in particular the Ottomans who enslaved young Romanians into their Janissary corps – gives him the virtual opposite symbolism of Stoker’s famous vampire. In Romania he is considered one of the greatest leaders in the country’s history.

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