This terrifying fact is what earned him the posthumous nickname of Vlad the Impaler
(aka Vlad Tepes).
Vlad the Impaler
(Luke Evans), here as in history, was a 15th-century Transylvanian prince who found himself in conflict with the Turks, the dominant power in the region.
"We're dealing with the historical figure, a man [Vlad III, also known as Vlad the Impaler
due to his favoured method of meting out torture] who walked this earth."
From the real-life killers who inspired tales of vampires (including the notorious Vlad the Impaler
), to near-death experiences and people's testimonies of "the other side", to American and Soviet attempts to study psychic powers during the Cold War, to America's most haunted homes, Mysteries of the Unknown explores the bizarre, the unexplained, and the mystical with a decidedly scientific tilt.
The Romanian National Tourist Office is trumpeting the lineage between the Royal Family and Vlad the Impaler
, the 15th century nobleman whose deeds inspired the vampire legend, in a brochure distributed at the World Travel Market, a leading industry event which opened in London on Monday, the Telegraph.
The town of Sighisoara, located 300km north of Bucharest, is where Vlad Dracul, better known as Vlad the Impaler
, the Romanian historical figure on who Dracula is believed to have been based, was born.
Others might be more frightened by the thought of the notorious previous owner Vlad III Tepes, also called Vlad the Impaler
, or Vlad Draculea -- or just plain Dracula.
Coming back to encore with Vlad the Impaler
and Fire, we'd say they all did.
Summary: LONDON: The truth is out: Prince Charles is related to Vlad the Impaler
When the impaled body of a criminal defense attorney is subsequently found, the killer is given the nickname The Impaler
, named for Vlad the Impaler
, upon whom Bram Stroker's Dracula was based.
Bram Stoker's spine-chilling vampire was inspired by Vlad the Impaler
, who terrorised Romania's Transylvania region in the 15th Century and was renowned for impaling the heads of his opponents on spikes along the highway.
"She is," pointed out the vet as he wrestled the panicstricken puss, "a feisty madam." That's like saying Vlad the Impaler
was a bit moody.
In Romania, however, historians and teachers depict Dracula's model, the 15th-century Vlad the Impaler
, as a patriot and champion of order, eager to be known as a mighty ruler.
According to genealogists, Pattinson is a distant relative to 15th Century eastern European ruler Vlad IV Tzepesch (also known as Vlad The Impaler
), who inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula novel.
Regan also takes us on a journey of dreadful characters from history who also fuelled the legend of vampire - from Vlad the Impaler
to Elizabeth Bathroy, a bloody Hungarian countess who murdered scores of young girls - to modernday interpretations of the unearthly creatures by authors such as Stephanie Meyer.