Dracula Was an Ottoman Prisoner As a Child

Most readers know that Dracula was based on a real person. Bram Stoker, author of the novel “Dracula,” based his character largely on the 15th-century Romanian prince Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad III, but nicknamed Vlad the Impaler later in life because of his preferred method of executing his enemies. According to History.com, when Vlad III was only 11 years old when his father Vlad II, a knight of the Order of the Dragon, left their homeland of Wallachia in order to ask the Ottoman Sultan Murad II for…

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