Vlad was born in Sighișoara, Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary, in the winter of 1431 . He had two older brothers, Mircea II and Vlad Călugărul, . and a younger brother, Radu III the Handsome. In the year of his birth, Vlads father, known under the nickname Dracul, had travelled to Nuremberg where he had entered into the Order of the Dragon. At the age of five, young Vlad was also initiated into the Order.
Vlads first wife was Jusztina Szilagyi of Moldavia, with whom he had two sons: Mihnea I "the Bad" and Mihail . According to local legend, she died during the siege of Poenari Castle, which was surrounded by the Ottoman army led by his brother Radu Bey and the Wallachian Janissary.
Vlad’s third reign had lasted little more than two months when he was assassinated. The exact date of his death is the 10 January 1477.
Dracula is an 1897 novel by the author Bram Stoker. The novel tells the story of the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing.
Poenari Castle, also known as Poenari Citadel, is a ruined castle in Romania, notable for its connection to Vlad III the Impaler.