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Vlad Dracula was also known as:
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Died: December, 1476
About Vlad Dracula:
Vlad Dracula was a notoriously cruel prince who ruled, in three separate reigns, over the Romanian principality of Wallachia with extreme harshness. Yet he managed to develop commerce, reduce lawlessness, strengthen the army and make Wallachia into a stronger, more independent state. After his death, many terrible stories of his horrific deeds were circulated, especially by Germans in pamphlets printed with the new-fangled printing press. Yet he is remembered as a hero by the Romanians for his resistance to the invading Ottoman Turks.
Bram Stoker used Dracula's name for his fictional vampire count, though how much about the real Vlad Dracula the author had learned is up for debate. It is important to note, however, that the historical Vlad was not only not a vampire, but there were no legends or rumors circulating that he may have been a vampire until Stoker used his name for his fictional creation.
For more about Vlad Dracula, see your Guide's Concise Biography.