Lost Worlds: The Real Dracula (2005)
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In a country torn by bloody civil war, a young man seizes power.
In his native tongue, he is called Dracula. This is not the vampire, Count Dracula, but a real historical figure: a Romanian prince. Dracula was a warlord who became known all across Europe for both his breath-taking courage and his terrifying cruelty. But he also left an enduring legacy. Not just in blood…in brick, mortar and stone. He constructed palaces. He founded the city that was to become his country’s capital. He also built one of Eastern Europe’s most breath-taking mountaintop castles. Now, with state of the art computer animation, Dracula’s lost world will be brought back to life: his birthplace in the fortified town of Sighisoara; the gothic splenour of Transylvania’s Bran Castle; the sumptuous palace of Targoviste; and the real castle Dracula: Poenari.
Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (1431 – 1476), more commonly known as Vlad the Impaler (Romanian: Vlad Tepes] or simply as Dracula, was a three-time Voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462. Historically, Vlad is best known for his resistance against the Ottoman Empire and its expansion and for the cruel punishments he imposed on his enemies. Vlad III is occasionally thought to have inspired the association of his name to that of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.
When he came to power, Vlad ruled with the intention of exacting revenge on the boyars for killing his father and eldest brother. Though Vlad took nearly a decade to do so, he fulfilled this vow, completing the task on an Easter Sunday around 1457. The older boyars and their families were immediately impaled. The younger and healthier nobles and their families were marched north from TârgoviÅ