Vlad the Impaler 2: The First Reign

Want to know what happened to Vlad’s father or other members of his family , this article continues to recount his life, as well as the events leading up to his first reign.

In 1447, Vlad’s father lost his life in December, as he was assassinated in the marshes located close to Bălteni when rebel-rousing boyars executed a plan that they allegedly stated came under the orders of John Hunyadi. Mircea, Vlad’s older brother was also dead by this time, as he met his end with political opponents at TârgoviÅŸte, where they blinded him with hot iron stakes. He was eventually buried alive. In order to make sure they could solidify their political stronghold across the region, the Ottomans moved on to take over Wallachia. The Sultan placed Vlad III on the throne to serve as their puppet ruler.

Vlad would sit on the throne rather briefly, as Hunyadi invaded Wallachia and ousted the young prince all in the same year. Vlad left for Moldavia where he would stay until October of 1451. He was also placed under the protection of his uncle, a man by the name of Bogdan II. Petru Aron killed Bogdan, where Vlad had to make a choice on what his next move should be. He took a chance and found himself in Hungary. When Hunyadi learned of how much Vlad knew about the Ottoman Empire and how much he hated Mehmed II, the new sultan , he actually pardoned him and took him on as an advisor. In the coming years, Vlad would find support in Hunyadi , as he pressed for him to gain the throne of Wallachia.

In 1456, Hungary invaded Serbia in an attempt to scatter the Ottomans. At the same time, Vlad III invaded Wallachia with his own conspirators. With this newfound success, Vlad became prince of the land he was native to, while Hunyadi unfortunately passed away , a victim of the plague.

The primary years showcasing Vlad’s reign was seen from 1456 to 1462. What Vlad accomplished after 1456 has been recorded quite well throughout history. He followed the similar path of princes before him who ruled Wallachia. He spent most of his hours at the court of Targoviste. Sometimes, he would make visits to other essential cities at the time , like Bucharest (which he actually founded). He drafted laws, met with foreign leaders, and was important during times of judicial trials. Making his presence known at religious holidays and some of the more prominent fairs was also part of his daily tasks. Hunting was also a favorite pastime that he liked to enjoy.

During the early part of his reign, Vlad held strong to the thought that it was a good idea to destroy all other possible threats to his power. He especially did not like the rival noble groups, such as the boyars. In the third part of this series, you will learn what he did to make life miserable for these kinds of groups.