25 February 2007

The Real Life of Vlad The Impaler – Dracula

Life of Vlad The Impaler Dracula - the Childhood



By most probabilities, Vlad was born in Sighisoara, in the year 1431, presumably November or December. As explained in this post describing briefly Vlad Dracul’s life, 1431 is very probable the year of his birth. And as his father Vlad II (Dracul) was in Sighisoara by that time, running one of the state’s mints, is very probably that he was born in Sighisoara in the house still standing today near the clock tower (you can see it in this picture that I took in march 2004 in Sighisoara).

There is no much information about the childhood of Vlad III but we know how young princes were educated at that time. There was a “preceptor”, usually an important boyar to take care of them education. This one was searching for them masters of arms, equitation, etc. In the Germanic world as Sighisoara was in the 15th century there was an emphasis put on “the seven skills”: equitation, swimming, using arms, the arch, fighting, the court life and the tournament. We can easily suppose that Vlad Dracul, after receiving this kind of education himself at Sigismund’s Court wanted his sons to be educated in the same manner.
Doubtless equitation was the main activity, as the horse was the universal transport modality, as well as the close friend of the warriors. Learning horse riding at the Wallach court was going in parallel with the fights on-horse, or the “harta” – term used then for the hunting parties.

About theoretical skills we can suppose that Vlad didn’t know writing at most he was able to read. That’s because we don’t have letters written by him, neither signatures nor any other proofs. Slavonic was the language used for writing at that time in Romanian countries. However, official correspondence with Saxon towns in Transylvania was sometimes done in Latin Language. We don’t know if Vlad was in knowledge of this language, however we knew he was speaking Turkish after his stay by the Ottoman court.

In 1436 Vlad Dracul took the throne of Wallachia and his children went along with him in Târgoviste. Here the boys get in contact with what princely court life means. He gets in touch with the Princely Court’s ceremonial, with all the political intrigues of the boyars, become conscious of the fragility of the Wallachia’s Throne and of the Wallachia as a state itself, facing Hungary and The Ottoman Empire. Both Mircea (first son of Vlad Dracul) and Vlad seems to have been strongly influenced by the record of Mircea the Elder, them grandfather, although they haven’t seen him alive.

The teenage of Vlad is presented in this post.

14 comments:

p said...

This is the most calmly presented writing that refers to the life of Vlad Dracula. And believe me, i have read more than enough.

Professor Stacy said...

You did a very thorough job. I enjoyed reading it. You might take a look at your dates again, though. :o)

Radu said...

Thanks for the comment, Professor Stacy. Well, as many times in history there are uncertainties about some dates (let's take the date of birth for example).
Anyhow, I admit it is possible to be wrong about some dates, so if you find a mistake, please don't hesitate to let me know about it.

trinity said...

Enjoyed the reading, very good and thorough job. Have a great interest in this.

camilla said...

I believe Prf. Stacy is refering to 1931 being his birthyear ;) but yes it is a pleasure to read this story in a sober language- keep up the good work;D

Radu said...

Hi, Camilla, thanks for your kind comment. It took me two minutes to understand it was so obvious but meantime hard to notice...thanks for the tip, I changed it now :))

EdwardIloveyou said...

I think Von Vlad Dracula is awsome!

Pete said...

When it says his dad took the throne of Wallachia in 1936, didn't you mean to put in 1436?

Radu said...

Of course, Pete ! Thanks for pointing this out to me!

ariana said...

I love the history of were the vampire was created, I mean yeah Vlad did some pretty horible things bt it's actually good to noe from were the vampire came from

coco said...

Dracula was born after the turn of the death of romanian Prince, a ghost, an image that has been publicized since 1488, starting with those German horror stories, illustrated with wood engravings. Since then, the vampire so terrible to imagine that the spider weaving a web in which Vlad struggles, the real historical character.

Redbridge foodie said...

much of vlads early life was spent under the tutalage of Jannisaries. his father as part of his treaty with the ottomans gave up his sons vlad and radu to the ottoman jannisary corps. It is here that he was brought up learning the Quran, turkish, perisan,arabic and Ottoman military tactics
http://muslimwiki.com/mw/index.php/Vlad_III_Dracula

Radu said...

Oops, it looks like I overlooked responding to your comments, people !
Sorry for that !! I'll make up by writing more about Vlad III Dracula.

Ariana, thanks, that was also my point when starting this project. I want to distinguish Vlad III, the ruler of Wallachia from Dracula the Vampire from Bram Stoker's novel

Radu said...

Redbridge foodie, you're right! In fact, the teenage of Vlad Dracula is also presented in this post. But your details are very welcome. Thanks for your comment !