Vlad the Impaler

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Vlad III, commonly known as Vlad the Impaler (Romanian: Vlad Țepeș [ˈvlad ˈtsepeʃ]) or Vlad Dracula (; Romanian: Vlad Drăculea [ˈdrəkule̯a]; 1428/31 – 1476/77), was Voivode of Wallachia three times between 1448 and his death in 1476/77. He is often considered one of the most important rulers in Wallachian history and a national hero of Romania.He was the second son of Vlad Dracul, who became the ruler of Wallachia in 1436. Vlad and his younger brother, Radu, were held as hostages in the Ottoman Empire in 1442 to secure their father's loyalty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vlad the Impaler has received more than 12,487,694 page views. His biography is available in 75 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Vlad the Impaler is the most popular inspiration, the most popular biography from Romania and the most popular Romanian Inspiration.

Vlad the Impaler is most famous for being the inspiration for the character Dracula. Vlad the Impaler was a ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century. He was known for his brutal methods of punishment, which included impaling his enemies on stakes.

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Among inspirations, Vlad the Impaler ranks 1 out of 6After him are Eugène François Vidocq, Johann Georg Faust, Alice Liddell, Joseph Bell, Andrew Wakefield, and George Floyd.

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Among people born in 1431, Vlad the Impaler ranks 1After him are Pope Alexander VI, François Villon, Andrea Mantegna, Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Ladislaus Hunyadi, Jasper Tudor, and John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu. Among people deceased in 1476, Vlad the Impaler ranks 1After him are Simonetta Vespucci, Regiomontanus, Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Jean II, Duke of Alençon, Isabel Neville, Duchess of Clarence, Agnes of Burgundy, Duchess of Bourbon, Frederick I, Elector Palatine, and Pietro Mocenigo.

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Among people born in Romania, Vlad the Impaler ranks 1 out of 572After him are Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918), Béla Bartók (1881), Matthias Corvinus (1443), Eugène Ionesco (1909), Alaric I (376), Stephen Báthory (1533), Tristan Tzara (1896), John Hunyadi (1407), Ion Antonescu (1882), Elena Ceaușescu (1916), and Mircea Eliade (1907).


Among inspirations born in Romania, Vlad the Impaler ranks 1