You can guess by the nickname that Vlad The Impaler wasn't a softie, but was he really so awful? How is he different from Genghis Khan who killed millions of people? Let's see if he was really as bad as people think or if history was way too cruel to him!
Vlad The Impaler
Most people have heard of Vlad Dracul, not because they know and love history, but because of the famous novel by Bram Stoker. Vlad The Impaler was his son, the Prince of Wallachia. Dracul means dragon and Vlad III (later known as Impaler) was named "Draculea," which means "Son of the Dragon." Nickname "The Impaler" came long after his death.