Thursday, October 27, 2011

vlad the impaler

  • Question:-Why do some people consider Vlad the Impaler a folk hero?
    Fellow history majors, perhaps you can help me with this (or anyone else who likes history for that matter).

    We all know the story of Vlad the Impaler, the "Son of the Dragon" who mercilessly tortured and killed his enemies as well as innocent men, women, and children.

    So why do certain people in Romania see him as some sort of folk hero? My guess was that he dealt with the Turks and other possible invaders.

    But how does defending one's country justify the murders of thousands of people in such a cruel fashion?
    Even one Turkish leader, who was a "man's man" and never got sick at the sight of blood, was sickened by the sight of 20,000 of his fellow Turks impaled on spikes.

    Answer:-You have some good answers above. A recent History Channel International program did go into this "national hero stuff". As I recall this may have been during the era of Nicolae Ceau┼čescu (~1967-1989) who was tried and executed in 1989 (along with his wife) under charges of genocide himself. As for the barbarity of impaling, the 15th century was not known for its humanity. In England they were still hanging, drawing, and quartering people such as William Wallace in 1305 and Guy Fawkes with his fellow conspirators after the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Vlad was one of the last defenders of Europe from the Islamic invasions which reached the gates of Vienna by 1683. The war between Islam and the Christian world has been ongoing for over 1300 years. In fact, I call it the "1300 years war" in my world history college classes.
  • Question:-historically speaking was Vlad the Impaler a great man?
    Vlad the Impaler had to deal with a huge problem of the Ottoman Empire. The Romanians were very much out numbered by the evil Ottoman Empire.
    Wasn't Vlad doing everything he could to scare them off?
    And if he was not around, most likley the evil Ottoman Empire would have taken over Romania?

    Answer:-More than anything else the historical Dracula is known for his inhuman cruelty. Impalement was Vlad III’s preferred method of torture and execution. Impalement was and is one of the most gruesome ways of dying imaginable, as it was typically slow and painful.

    Vlad usually had a horse attached to each of the victim’s legs and a sharpened stake was gradually forced into the body. The end of the stake was usually oiled and care was taken that the stake not be too sharp, else the victim might die too rapidly from shock. Normally the stake was inserted into the body through the buttocks and was often forced through the body until it emerged from the mouth. However, there were many instances where victims were impaled through other body orifices or through the abdomen or chest. Infants were sometimes impaled on the stake forced through their mother’s chests. The records indicate that victims were sometimes impaled so that they hung upside down on the stake.
  • Question:-Is Count Dracula the vampire the same person as Vlad the Impaler?
    Please help. I'm very confused about this. Were they the same person, or was Count Dracula just based on Vlad the Impaler? Was Vlad the Impaler ever suspected of vampirism? I read that his grave was opened several times and his body was not in it.

    Answer:-Vlad the Impaler was called Vlad Dracula, so yes they're the same person, except Count Dracula isn't anywhere near as brutal or vicious. Compared to everything else he did, Vlad Dracula being a vampire would have been nothing. Nobody would have cared.

    Impalement was especially horrible, used both as a method of execution and as a torture method. I don't know how old you are so I won't describe it, but it's probably the worst thing there is. Vlad used it to terrify his people and his enemies and control them. He did this because everyone was out to get him. They did get him, too. Once the Turks invaded, and he captured a few thousand of their vanguard and had them impaled and left there, and when the Turks saw them, they turned around and went home.

    Vlad was also seen as a wise ruler by other Slavic people. One story says a merchant visited his town, and a few gold coins were stolen, and he went and told Vlad about it. Vlad secretly caught the thief, and showed the merchant a hundred gold coins and said the thief had them. The merchant took only the few original coins and left the rest. Vlad said he was wise not to take all the coins, for it was a test and he would have been impaled.

    Another time some diplomats from a foreign land were in Vlad's court, and Vlad said to them, why don't you remove your hat in the presence of the prince? They said it wasn't the custom of their land to remove their hats. So Vlad ordered that their hats be nailed onto their heads.
  • Question:-What do you think of Vlad the Impaler?
    What is your opinion on Vlad the Impaler? Do you think he is alive?

    Answer:-i loveeeeeeeee him.....he represents a man who we can equate to someone whose post-modern....a free thinker sets his own bars of morality....very post modernist
  • Question:-Could YHWH and Vlad the Impaler have had the same problem?
    "Butthurt was invented by Vlad the Impaler at least 100 years ago, from going crazy in a time before internets."
    Could YHWH just need internets, too?

    - giggles -

    Answer:-Vlad the Impaler actually spent his weekends during charity work at the children's hospital for 32 years.
  • Question:-How sure was Vlad the Impaler that the men who sexually abused in his youth were Ottoman Turks,?
    How sure was Vlad the Impaler that the men who sexually abused in his youth were Ottoman Turks and not Homosexual Greeks in Ottoman uniform?
    **The object of the sexual abuse is Vlad.**

    Answer:-Because Vlad & his younger brother Radu were held hostage by the Ottoman Turks so their father Vlad Dracul would not betray a treaty he had with the Turks. The Greeks were subjects to the Turks back then as well; they had no authority to imprison anyone.
  • Question:-What was the story behind Vlad the Impaler's madness?
    Vlad the Impaler was Prince of Wallachia, His three reigns were in 1448, 1456–62, and 1476. In the English-speaking world, Vlad is best known for the legends of the exceedingly cruel punishments he imposed during his reign and he also inspired Dracula novels and movies. So whats the story behind his madness and reign of torture?
    No Man1hull: I also saw somewhere that Vlad tortured and killed his own people because they supposedly broke his rules and laws of order. Children, babies and women were also tortured. Vlad left no exceptions.

    Answer:-AAAHHHH! BUT there was a method to his madness.

    Prince Vlad Teplar was made a member of the Order of the Dragon by the Vatican and he was charged with keeping the infidel Turks out of Europe. The Order of the Dragon was an extremest Catholic military order.

    Prince Vlad and Romania/Transylvania were the front line against an invasion by the Ottoman Empire. The muslim Turks were savage and ruthless fighters, they did not mess around in battle. So Vlad had to be the 'shock troops' of Christian Europe and could not mess around in battle.

    The impaling was basically ruthless pyschological warfare against the infidel Turk, and it seemed to have worked. Captured Ottoman documents of that time period record the horror expressed by the tough Turkish troops at the sight of thousands of impaled bodies lining their route of march into Romania. Just as the Romans crucified 6,000 rebel slaves in the Spartacus uprising and lined the Appian way with the crucified bodies of dying slaves, so did Vlad the Impaler lined the roads to his country with impaled Turks and traitors and criminals.

    The battles between Prince Vlad and his troops and the Ottomans were some of the most henious in history. Yet Vlad kept the Ottomans out of Europe.

    In this way Prince Vlad the Impaler was one of three in European history who resorted to extremism to oust the muslim presence along with Charlesmartel (Chuck the Hammer) and Rodrigo de Vivar ('El Cid').
  • Question:-What question could I pose about Vlad the Impaler?
    What are some suggestions of a question I could pose about Vlad the Impaler? They need to be questions that open up discussion e.g. to what extent..., how true is the statement...

    Answer:-vlad the impaler created a better soceity through the use of violence.
  • Question:-Vlad the impaler coins on AC brotherhood?
    Where do i find the vlad the impaler coins on ac brotherhood xbox 360, i completed everything a long time ago, 100% rebuilt the city, i need them to get the shop quest sword, anyone no where i can get these?

    Answer:-I usually found that stuff when thieves or bandits attacked you... like when you walk around outside the city's near the wooded areas and all.
  • Question:-Elizabeth Bathory and Vlad The Impaler similarities and differences?
    They were both royalty, but Vlad lived in Transylvania, and Elizabeth, Hungary. What are some others?

    Answer:-Vlad killed traitors and enemies to his country . Elizabeth was the first known serial killer . She used her royalty class status to lure young virgin girls to her castle so she could bath in their blood.

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