Vlad the Impaler
Vlad was very likely born in the citadel
(a military fortress) of Sighisoara in
He had an older brother named Mircea and a younger brother named Radu the Handsome.
While he and his elder brother were
hostages of the
He developed a well-known hatred (oroare) for Radu and for Mehmed, who would later become the sultan. According to McNally and Florescu, he also distrusted his own father for trading him to the Turks and betraying the Order of the Dragon oath (juramant) to fight them
Vlad's actions after 1456 are well
documented. He seems to have led the life of all the other princes of Wallachia, spending most of his time at the court of Tārgoviste, occasionally in other important cities,
As a pastime he probably enjoyed hunting on the vast princely domain, with his friends.
There are different Romanian, German and Russian stories about him, that have their origins in the 15th century.
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