Friday, July 22, 2011

Dark Friday: Vlad, the Impaler

Vampire legends may have been based on Vlad of Walachia, also known as Vlad the Impaler (c. 1431-1476). He had a habit of nailing hats to people’s heads, skinning them alive, and impaling them on upright stakes. He also liked to dip bread into the blood of his enemies and eat it. His name, Vlad, means son of the dragon or Dracula, who has been identified as the historical Dracula. Though Vlad the Impaler was murdered in 1476, his tomb is reported empty.


6 comments:

  1. Whew, that is the face of a vamp, indeed. Those eyes could get you to do anything. ;)

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  2. What a creepy guy! I like our modern day fictional vamps so much better. ;)

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  3. Yeah, I like our romance novel vamps MUCH better. What little I know about Vlad, he was a bloody ruthless so and so... but also kept his and the countries enemies away... I guess, until he 'disappeared'.

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  4. Yeah, the "old school" vamps were a little too blood-thirsty and psychotic for me. lol!

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  5. As an historian, I love characters love Vlad. But as a romantic, he's not exactly the vamp I want to dream about. LOL

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  6. Absolutely, Gabrielle. lol!

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