Vlad The Impaler: Real-Life Dracula's Most Monstrous Acts

WORLD HISTORY | July 28, 2023

Written by Sophia Maddox

You could say Vlad the Imapler was a bad guy. After all, you don't get to be immortalized as a bloodthirsty monster if you're Mr. Congeniality. Not only did Vlad III Dracula, or Vlad Voivode of Wallachia, oversee mass murder and genocide, he personally carried out some seriously gruesome acts. No one was safe when Vlad was around, not even his own men. Or women. Or children. Or random buildings.

He had a knight killed because he held his nose

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To get an idea of just what we're working with here, one story about your boy Vlad that's tough to verify but sounds right up his alley is that one time, he was standing in the middle of a field of 20,000 impaled corpses (he didn't get the nickname because of his fabulous chicken skewers) when he noticed one of his knights holding his nose to avoid the stench. Vlad was somehow offended by this, so he impaled him, too. If this teaches us anything, it's that whenever your boss makes something, you should be nice about it, unless you want to end up on a pike. (You don't.)

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