To Vlad the Impaler the year 1476 was a tragic and sad chapter.
After his reinstatement on the throne was delayed for almost two years, his last reign was as short as the first. It took prince Basarab Laiota only a few weeks to return with Ottoman support and kill him.
Although it is known that he participated in several campaigns under Matthias Corvinus as an army general, we can be only certain of his acts in the winter of 1475 to 1476.
He participated in the battle of Bosnia, where he used one of his signature methods to conquer the city of Srebrenica. During the day of a local fair, 500 of his people gained entrance disguised as merchants and slaughtered the garrison.
The Turks had come to be horrified only by hearing his name!
When, in the late spring of 1476, his cousin Stephen the Great was attacked by the Sultan, Vlad gathered troops in Transylvania and marched with Stephen Bathory [uncle of Elizabeth Bathory] to help Moldova.
Although they did not arrive in time to prevent their loss of the battle, they helped Stephen the Great to drive out the Turks out of his land.
Only then did the three cross the border in Wallachia and Vlad was on the throne of Targoviste for a third time with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen Bathory.
But he was unable to stand on it for a long time – in the end it was the noblemen who betrayed him.
According to legend Dracula was beheaded and his head was sent to the Turkish Sultan as a reassurement that the dreaded Wallachian prince was dead. His head was exposed in a square in Constantinople so that the Turks could once again feel safe and trust their ruler again after the epic fail represented by the campaign the Sultan had started against Dracula.
For many years is was believed that the body of Vlad the Impaler had been buried at the monastery of Snagov, but recent excavations contradict these data. NO bones were found to match the period of Dracula, and some grave historians hypothesize that they were actually switched to another grave to protect Dracula`s last resting place – recent theories rank the monastery of Comana as a more probable burial site.
† Vlad the Impaler
† Count Dracula
Around 1740, somewhere in Western Prussia, a number of members of the Wollschläger family, died one after the other in a short period of time.
One of the deceased was suspected of being a vampire so the family gathered to decide on what action should be taken. It was decided to decapitate the corpse of the suspected vampire.
A nephew of the vampire volunteered to do what had to be done. After he had chopped off the head of the corpse, he collected some of its blood in a glass.
The family members all had to drink a little bit of this horrible fluid as a medicine against the vampire disease and the corpse was reburied inside the Wollschläger family crypt in the Monastery of Jakobsdorf [with its head between its legs].
The case was mentioned in “Vampires, Burial & Death” by Paul Barber in 1988.
The author mentions an article written by Leo Gerschke in 1962, with the title “Vom Vampirglauben im alten WestPreussen” describing a trip to the monastery. Supposedly he even saw the skeleton on display.
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According to Klaus Hamberger, this story can be found in:
“Der Europäischen Niemand” vol.XI, Leipzig, 1719.
This, more or less, is what is supposed to have happened:
“In the town of Lublov, a man called Michael Caspareck had died. His coffin, covered with red silk, was buried on 20 February 1718. Soon the dead man was seen again, going around and talking to people. He even sat down with them to have a meal or a drink. Then one day he showed up at a wedding and told the wedding-guests that he wanted to eat fish. But they would not let him in and locked the doors. But the dead man banged on the doors and threatened to do horrible things so they let him in. When they refused to give him a drink, he got angry and smashed all the drinking glasses. When they had given him a drink and brought him some fish to eat, he climbed back on his horse and disappeared. He also went to see his widow and managed to make her pregnant. He did the same to four other women. After Sunday Jubilate (the 3rd Sunday after Eastern) he wasn’t seen for 3 weeks. During this period he had gone to Warsaw to take care of some financial business. On the 26th of April, they opened up his grave and decapitated and cremated his body. But the dead man came back again and set fire to several houses. One time when he visited his widow, she asked him why he would not stay in his grave. He told her that he wasn’t welcome in heaven nor hell, because at his cremation they had burnt someone else’s heart instead of his own. Therefore he had to stay in the world for seven more years.
I tried doing some extra research on this to give you more details, but I`m sorry to say that all the articles I was able to locate are in german and I have no knowledge of that language.
I don`t trust Google Translate enough to make an article based on anything I might get off it…
I reproduced the original article from ShroudEater 🙂
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