Vampires and Vlad Tepes

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Throughout legends there has always been an old tale that vampires do exist. This myth began with a man known as Dracula, Vlad Tepes, who was brought to popularity by the author Bram Stoker. Another, Elizabeth Bathory, also assisted in the vampire myth.

Vlad Tepes was a ruler or prince who became known as Dracula, son of the devil. He earned this name from his father and in part due to the cruel forms of punishments he endured on anyone who he felt had committed treason or broken any rule. He was most commonly known for impaling his victims. It’s said that he would also burn them alive, behead at graveside as well as burn the churches. Some rumors state he drank blood on one occasion from his victims and dined while they died slowly from being impaled on the stakes. With investigation it’s reported he killed over 20,000 men, women and children in his 3 reigns as ruler until 1476, his death. History doesn’t state how he died but there are legends around his death; one being the turks who was his number 1 enemy assassinating him, another is that he was trapped in his castle where he was shot.

Vlad was long lost memory too few in history until the author Bram Stoker brought him to popularity with just his common known name, Dracula. His original name for the book was Count Wampyr but in the end he decided on Dracula which he found in a book he was reading at the time. Bram states there are no connections between Vlad and Dracula but there is a statement made by a character in Van Hassling that questions this, “Dracula must, indeed, have been that Voivode Dracula who won his name against the Turks… If it be so, then was he no common man; for in that time, and for centuries after, he was spoken of as the cleverest and most cunning, as well as the braves of the sons of ‘the land beyond forest.” Vlad is and will always be the “Historical Vampire”.(“”Elizabeth Bathory” “Vlad Tepes” “Dracula””)

Another who added to the myth is Elizabeth Bathory ; the blood countess, a women with nobility and the dream of staying young forever. Elizabeth was married at 15 to an older man who showed her the many tortures she caused her maids and help. Elizabeth one day struck a maid in anger with a pair of scissors causing blood to go everywhere and in result made Elizabeth think her hands appeared younger.

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