12 October 2012 Published in: Blog Tags:, , , ,

A painting by the Estonian artist Amandus Adamson depicting Vlad III, the Impaler of  ‪Wallachia in modern day Romania receiving an Ottoman envoy.  Vlad the Impaler born in Transylvania, Romania who’s personality later inspired the creation of Count Dracula the vampire, is seen here arguing with the envoy sent by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II requesting him to pay the state’s annual tax to the Ottomans.

Vlad III refused and executed the messengers of Mehmed II by nailing their turbans to their heads since they refused to take them off in his presence.  Vlad III was known for his cruelty towards his own people and opponents, he dinned while watching executions and often executed his enemies in a cruel, slow and inhumane manner; and that’s how the legend of Count Dracula eventually developed.

After a series of internal unrest the Ottomans assassinated him, presumably in 1476.

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