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The Cruellest Man In History
– He who makes Hitler look good in contrast –
A summary of Vlad the Impaler, later also known as *Dracula.
(He was a sadistic murderer but not a vampire)
Born
in 1431 AD/CE, he was the son of the governor of Transylvania under its Hungarian King.
*Dracula is the Romanian
word for dragon.
After the murder of his father in 1447, the Turks make him Prince of Wallachia (now southern Romania).
The Hungarians drive him out after two months, but in 1456 he regains control of Wallachia and establishes his capital at Tirgoviste.
After
the fall of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453, Vlad fights the Muslim Turks and his Wallachia becomes a bulwark against Turkish invasion.
Vlad's
preferred method of punishment is to lower his victims onto a stake through their rectum and stomach, which often comes out through their mouth. To prolong their agony he often has the stakes smoothed and oiled, so corpses are left hanging until they rot away. He derives pleasure from these scenes and often has the stakes with bodies arranged in concentric circles or geometrical patterns so that he can hold banquets in their midst.
Vlad hereby decimates the old ruling class, and only those who flee survive.
He terrorizes the Christian Church and establishes a degree of personal control unprecedented in the region.
He particularly abhors social parasites and and sexual misdemeanour. Adulteresses are skinned alive and their skin and body displayed on separate poles, or their sexual organs are cut off, or they are impaled through the vagina.
Early
in his reign, he invites all the old, sick, poor and beggars to his palace for a lavish feast. As it concludes he asks if they wish to be completely free from cares and lacking nothing. When they respond positively, he has the banquet room board up and they are all burnt alive, which he justifies to his courtiers by claiming that he had thus eliminated people who would be a burden,
and that he therefore wanted no one in his realm to be poor.
In
1457, when Vlad could exploit internal divisions in Hungary, his forces strike deep into that country, sacking villages and towns, and massacring their populations. Men, women and children are burnt alive, except some captives who are taken back to Wallachia for public impaling.
In
1459, he arrests and burns alive 400 young Transylvanian apprentices who had come to Wallachia to learn the language. This same year, he attacks the prosperous city of Brasove, looting churches, burning the suburbs and impaling thousands of its inhabitants. When an aristocrat objects to the stench of rotting bodies, Vlad impales him on a much longer stake so that he could breathe his last more freely.
In
Easter 1459, he holds a great banquet for the landed aristocrats (known then as the boyars), asks them how many princes they had seen come and go, and discovers that all of them had lived through several reigns. To put an end to their tenacity, he arrests them all as they leave the banquet, impales the older men and their wives on large stakes in the courtyard and around the town. The younger and their families, still in their Easter clothes, are then marched to the mountains where they are forced to work building a remote castle (later called Castle Dracula) until their clothes disintegrate and fall from their bodies. None survive!
in
1461, Vlad crosses the Danube river to devastate a prosperous Turkish region. He sends a list of those killed, along with their body parts, to the Hungarian king, and brings many captives to his capital Tirgoviste for public impalement.
In
1469, sure of the support of the new Hungarian king, he stops paying tribute to the Turkish Sultan and drives off the Turks when they try to depose him. He reportedly has Turkish envoys turbans nailed to their heads.
 
Vlad converts to Catholicism, and marries the Hungarian king's cousin, as his first wife had reportedly gone insane.
His fake Christianity is more than enough to offend any Muslim in the region.
In
December 1476, he dies.
His body is embalmed and sent to the Turkish Sultan who displays it on a stake for all to see.


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