A Timeline of Vlad Dracula the Impaler

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A Brief History

This article provides a timeline in the life of Vlad the Impaler and his “rebirth” as the Dracula of modern popular culture!

Digging Deeper

On June 17, 1462, Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad III The Impaler, or simply Dracula, conducted a night raid against his Turkish enemy, Mehmed II who had invaded Vlad’s land of Wallachia (part of modern Romania).

On November 26, 1476Vlad the Impaler declared his third reign as ruler of Wallachia.

On May 26, 1896, Bram Stoker’s horror novel, Dracula, was published.  

On October 5 and 7, 2017, Kent State University at Stark’s History Club and English Club will be hosting two awesome events for any students and faculty interested in learning more about Dracula and other monsters throughout history and literature.

On July 13, 2018, probably not coincidentally Friday the 13th, the new blockbuster animated film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, opens at theaters across the United States.

Question for students (and subscribers): Was the historic Dracula a hero or a villain?  Please let us know in the comments section below this article.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Abernathy, Evelyn.  The Real Dracula: Historical Origins of Bram Stoker’s Vampire.  Evelyn Abernathy, 2013.

Charles River Editors.  Legends of the Middle Ages: The Life and Legacy of Vlad the Impaler.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.

Florescu, Radu R and Raymond T. McNally.  Dracula, Prince of Many Faces: His Life and His Times.  Back Bay Books, 1990.

Goldberg, Enid A and Professor Norman Itzkowitz.  Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count Dracula (Wicked History).  Franklin Watts, 2009.


About Author

Dr. Zar graduated with a B.A. in French and history, a Master’s in History, and a Ph.D. in History. He currently teaches history in Ohio.