History of Dracula
in short as well as in detail
Due to a long reading, history of Dracula is structured in several parts. This page is for people in a hurry who need it all at a glance. You have a chronology of Vlad the Impaler life in short sentences. If you need to find out more, use the links that lead to the other pages. Also, at the end, internal and external policies give you an image over his main rule.
Before you start reading you have to know that history of Dracula (the scientific side) is also very controversial as Dracula himself, because of the missing evidence. Historians need to corroborate data they have and do suppositions.
Well, they are not always agreeing. Also, many times, for the same event, different sources come with different variants, being very difficult to establish where the truth is.
So, you'll read below the history of Dracula that most of historians agree with. You can also read about the disputed subjects in The real Dracula page.
History of Dracula in short
1386 - 1447 - Wallachia in Eastern European history of 14th- 15th century;
1431 - 1448 - The young Dracula childhood and education;
1431 - the birth of Vlad, Vlad II's second son, and the future Vlad III Dracula;
1431 - Vlad II, his father, is accepted in The Order of the Dragon;
1436 - his father becomes the ruling prince of Wallachia;
1437 - his name is first mentioned in a princely charter;
1442-1448 - young Vlad is sent as princely hostage to the Ottoman Empire;
1447 - his father is killed and replaced with Vladislav II;
1448 - 1456 - Young Dracula's efforts to obtain Wallachian throne;
1448 - Vlad the Impaler occupies for a short while (two months) the Wallachian throne;
1448-1456 - Vlad the Impaler is a fugitive in Constantinople, Moldavia and Transylvania;
1451 - the treat of peace between Hungary and the Ottoman Empire;
1453 - the fall of Constantinople under Mehmet the Conqueror attack;
1456 - 1457 - The second (main) rule of Vlad the Impaler (Part 1);
1456 - with help from Transylvania, Vlad the Impaler occupies Wallachia's throne;
1457 - Vlad the Impaler helps his cousin, Stephan the Great, to occupy Moldavia's throne;
1457 - 1459 - The second (main) rule of Vlad the Impaler (Part 2);
1457 - the beginning of the conflict between Vlad the Impaler and Saxon traders;
1458 - Matthias Corvin becomes the Hungarian King;
1459 - Vlad the Impaler stops the tribute payment to the Turks;
1459 - the killing of a group of hostile boyars (Romanian feudal noblemen);
1460 - 1462 - The second (main) rule of Vlad the Impaler (Part 3);
1460 - Vlad the Impaler overruns the county of Barsa as reprisals for the support offered to his rival to the throne, Dan;
1460 (October) - Vlad the Impaler comes to an agreement with the city of Brasov;
1461-1462 (winter) - Vlad's campaign against the Turks, along the Danube River;
1462 (February) - Vlad writes to Matthias Corvin asking for help against the Ottomans;
1462 - The second (main) rule of Vlad the Impaler (Part 4);
1462 (May -July) - Vlad the Impaler's war against the Ottomans;
1462 (the 17th of June) - the Night Attack episode;
1462 - 1476 - The fall of Vlad III Dracula;
1462 (November) - Matthias Corvin arrested Vlad the Impaler;
1462 - Vlad the Impaler is imprisoned at Visegrad fortress, near Buda;
1474-1476 - he's moved to Buda where he is kept in residential confinement;
1476 (November) - Vlad the Impaler becomes the ruling prince of Wallachia for the third time;
1476 (December) - Vlad the Impaler ends his rule, as well as his life;
Vlad Tepes Dracula's internal policy - for those who think he did nothing but exterminate his own people;
Vlad III Dracula's external policy - for those curious about how is possible to manage such a little country, claimed by two powerful neighbors.
The history of Dracula, the real one who ruled Wallachia, ends here. There are many unknowns in his life that no logic of historical facts (as opposed to fiction) could consistently contain. So, please, pleeeease, if you like to use your imagination to do that, then tell the people it's your own interpretation of facts, not a real fact.
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