Vlad III (Dracula)

Vlad III (Dracula)

Vlad III (Dracula)

Woodblock print of Vlad the Impaler (dracula) dining in the presence of numerous impaled corpses. According to the German stories the number of victims he had killed was at least 80,000. In addition to the 80,000 victims mentioned he also had whole villages and fortresses destroyed and burned to the ground. The atrocities committed by Vlad in the German stories include impaling, torturing, burning, skinning, roasting, and boiling people, feeding people the flesh of their friends or relatives, cutting off limbs, and drowning. One of the most famous woodcuts of the period shows Vlad feasting in a forest of stakes and their grisly burdens outside Brașov, while a nearby executioner cuts apart other victims. This place was famously known as the Forest of the Impaled. In this forest is a story of Vlad’s “sense of humor”: a servant was holding his nose and Vlad said to him while feasting, “Why do you do that?” The servant replied, “I cannot stand the stench.” Vlad immediately ordered him impaled on the highest stake and said, “Then you shall live up there, where the stench cannot reach you.”

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