Vlad the Impaler
Vlad was very likely born in the citadel
(a military fortress) of Sighisoara in Transylvania, during the winter of 1431
He had an older brother named Mircea and a younger brother named Radu
While he and his elder brother were
hostages of the Ottoman Empire
he learned torture tactics
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,
such as Bucharest,
drafting laws, meeting foreign envoys and presiding over important judicial
trials. He probably made public appearances on relevant occasions, such as
religious holidays and major fairs.
As a pastime he probably enjoyed
hunting on the vast princely domain, with his friends.
different Romanian, German and Russian stories about him, that have their
origins in the 15th century.