Abbye learned to speak Croatian at a young age with her step-grandfather who took a boat across the sea to come to the United States when he was fourteen years old. Her sense of family and missing the old times with her grandfather prompted her to write her first book about a Croatian motorcycle club in the US.

Friday, April 25, 2014

#AtoZChallenge #Theme #SerialKillers V

Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler (Count Dracula)


In the early months of 1462 Vlad led a quite risky campaign against the Turks, led by Sultan Mehmed II whose forces out numbered Vlad’s troops tremendously. Vlad managed by impossible odds to secure many victories by the winter of 1462. Outraged by this, the Sultan decided to send out all of his troops, an army approximately three times the size of Dracula’s, to finally gain control of Walachia and claim it as a Turkish province. Vlad by this time had no alliances so he simply retreated to Tirgoviste. However this was not before he burned his own villages and poisoned the wells in hopes of starving his enemy and maybe even poisoning some with the wells’ water. When Sultan Mehmed II finally reached Dracula’s stronghold, he found that the 20,000 Turkish troops that Dracula had captured were now impaled on stakes, which was later given the name “The Forest of the Impaled.” This horrific feat was the turning point of this battle. The Sultan and his army then proclaimed defeat and dropped the battle. This is when Dracula’s own brother Radu took upon him a Turkish army which he then allied himself with Dracula’s rivals and pursued Vlad Tepes to Poenari Castle along the Arges River.
In legend, this is when it is said that Dracula’s wife committed suicide by throwing herself into the river. Vlad used a secret passage located in the fortress which deposited him into the mountain region in order to escape and exact his revenge at a later time.

2 comments:

  1. Just stopping by from the A-Z Challeneg list to say "Hi" and well done for getting this far! Good luck with the rest of the challenge...we're on the home stretch!

    LOVE your theme :) xx

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  2. Great theme!

    Someone made 20,000 stakes large enough to impale all those people. In the "silver lining" section of the world, that was probably some serious job creation. On the other hand, fair chance it was slave labor.

    Great post. Excellent research.
    Stopping by from the #atozchallenge !
    @JLenniDorner

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