Dracula's Castle Character
In the eve of the XV-th century a Romanian prince called Vlad was sent by the emperor Sigismund of Luxembourg to rule in the state of Wallachia situated between the Carpathian mountains and the Danube river.
As a sign of appreciation, the emperor Sigismund gave to Vlad a necklace with a dragon. This dragon became the emblem of the state of Wallachia and Vlad was surnamed Vlad Draco (or Dracu). The latin word for dragon is "draco-onis". The Romanian is a latin language and the second sense of "drac / dracul" is devil / satan.
Vlad Dracul's second son was also called Vlad. He was probably born in 1431 in Sighisoara and his life was a continuously fight for liberty, justice and power.
In his early childhood he was the witness of the combat of his father to become the prince of Wallachia. At 11 years he was incacerated in the prison of Galipoli in Turkey for 6 years. When he came back to Romania he would roam from Moldova to Transylvania (especially in Sighisoara and in the Huniazi Castle in Hunedoara, Transylvania).
In 1456 he won the battle of Targusor, he killed Vladislav the Second and ascended to the throne but this next period isn't calm, neither. Vlad had to defend south border against the Turks and the northern one against the Hungarian army; in the meantime, he fought with his inside enemies. He reestablished the order in Wallachia by judging and killing thiefs, beggars, traitors, but also boyards and nobles in public executions, generally by impaling. His cruelty made him famous; he was surnamed Vlad the Impaler, but he also used his father's name: Dracula. Vlad the Impaler inspired Bram Stoker to write his well-known novel "Dracula".
In 1462 after a very important victory near Targoviste against the sultan Mahomed the Second of Turkey, Vlad lost the throne. He tried to get some help from the king Mathias Corvin of Hungary, but this one sent Vlad to jail in Budapest (Hungary) for the next 13 years.
In 1472 Vlad was released from prison and he won the throne of Wallachia back helped by Stephen the Great, the king of Moldova. Unfortunatelly, after only some months of reign, Vlad is assassinated as a result of a conspiracy of boyards. We suppose that his body was burried in the Snagov Monastery, near Bucharest.
There is a very good essay on Vlad the Impaler; if you want to know more about this character you have to read it: www.eskimo.com/~mwirkk/vladhist.html