Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes), Prince of Wallachia (1431–1476/77), was a three-time Voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462, the period of the incipient Ottoman conquest of the Balkans.
As the cognomen ‘The Impaler’ suggests, his practice of impaling his enemies is part of his historical reputation. During his lifetime, his reputation for excessive cruelty spread abroad, to Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
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