Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Vlad Dracul III

Dar lăsaţi măcar strămoşii ca să doarmă-n colb de cronici;  
Din trecutul de mărire v-ar privi cel mult ironici.
Cum nu vii tu, Ţepeş doamne, ca punând mâna pe ei,
Să-i împarţi în două cete: în smintiţi şi în mişei,
Şi în două temniţi large cu de-a sila să-i aduni,
Să dai foc la puşcărie şi la casa de nebuni!

From Vlad Dracul II, of the Order of the Dragon, was begot Vlad Dracul III, otherwise known as, Vlad Tepes, the Impaler.  Never was a land so savaged as Wallachia by the Turks.  For under the leadership of Tepes the Wallachians resisted, refused to coexist with the Ottoman Empire.  It was a quest, of indeterminate length, that had to be fulfilled, because Vlad Tepes bore the blood of the Dragon through his father, it was demanded.

Better to die immediately, than to surrender.  Tepes never took mercy upon those who fought for the Turks.  He had lived amongst the Turks in his teen years, because he was a hostage, to keep the Wallachians submissive.  But he took that time to prepare, and to be informed of their customs.

He would impale the prisoners, and sup upon food in their presence, listening, and viewing their agony, and death throes.

"I have killed peasants men and women, old and young, who lived at Oblucitza and Novoselo, where the Danube flows into the sea, up to Rahova, which is located near Chilia, from the lower Danube up to such places as Samovit and Ghighen. We killed 23,884 Turks without counting those whom we burned in homes or the Turks whose heads were cut by our soldiers...Thus, your highness, you must know that I have broken the peace with Sultan Mehmet II."

From A letter to the King of Hungary from Vlad Tepes
He fought whenever and whatever enemy army might presented itself.  Some might argue, against the tides of war themselves. The Ottoman Empire had gathered an enormous army, from many regions, and became a flood of enemy combatants into Wallachia.  To teach the enemy Turks to fear him, he took a large group of prisoners and had their eyes gouged out.  Before this he took 1 in 100 of their number, and removed just a single eye.  The blinded army was forced to march home, in horror.

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