For today, I have an extra special guest post for you vampire lovers. Her name is Ioana Visan and she is the author of The Impaler Legacy Series. I’ve read the first book in this series, and am excited to read the rest. You can find my review of The Impaler’s Revenge HERE. Ioana is a native of Romania, and has a national connection to one of everyone’s favorite villians of history. He is always portrayed as such a bad guy. Have you ever considered that just maybe, he’s not the monster we have been led to believe? History is generally written by the winner, and what better way to justify your actions than to convince the world that your opponent was a monster? Think on it and comment below after you read her post! I really enjoyed it!
Revenging Vlad The Impaler’s Honor
When someone mentions vampires, people instantly think of Transylvania and Vlad The Impaler. What people are less familiar with is who the real Vlad The Impaler was. Born in Sighişoara, Transylvania, in 1431, a descendent of the Basarab bloodline, Vlad was the son of the future voivode of Walachia, Vlad II.
His character was shaped by his youth spent with his younger brother, Radu the Handsome, as hostages at the Ottoman court to guarantee their father’s loyalty. He continued his education during his staying there, but unlike his brother who ended up converting to Islam, Vlad remained firm on his position against the Ottomans.
While his first and third reign were short ones, his second reign between 1456 and 1462 was what made him famous. With his father and older brother killed, the Wallachian throne was rightfully his and Vlad fought hard to keep the throne and help his people. Unfortunately, the country was in a terrible state due to the constant war the population was subjected to.
Several measures needed to be taken. He built new villages and encouraged the development of the agriculture. He limited the access of the foreign merchants to only three cities in order to help the local trade. He issued new laws punishing thieves and applied them equally to everyone, including the nobility, which lost the preferential treatment after plotting to overthrow his father and Vlad never trusted them again.
But the biggest improvement was done to the army. He not only strengthened it but also had a personal guard made of mercenaries and created a militia formed of peasants who reported to duty whenever war came.
The big chance to break free of the Ottoman Empire appeared in 1459 when Pope Pius II started a new crusade against the Ottomans. Vlad allied with Matthias Corvinus of Hungary and refused to pay the tribute made of money and recruits. He defeated the troops sent to either reason with him or kill him by catching them in an ambush and had them all impaled, a practice learned during his stay at the Ottoman court.
Aware that this wasn’t enough, Vlad continued his fight against the Ottoman. He crossed the Danube and led several raids on the Bulgarian shore, to the point that the Ottomans had no other option than to send an army to stop him. With an army half as big as that of the attackers, Vlad failed to stop the Ottomans from crossing the Danube, but he constantly organized small attacks and killed thousands of people until the Ottomans were forced to retreat. The victory was celebrated by the Saxon cities in Transylvania, the Italian states, and by the Pope himself.
The method of impalement that he used as punishment made Vlad feared not only by the invaders but by his people too as it was applied to any kind of offense, regardless of how big or small. It cut down on thievery so much that when he left a gold cup in the main square in Târgovişte for the people to use it, but with the strict order not to take it away, the cup never left the square for the entire duration of his reign.
This is the type of man we’re talking about: fair, however cruel as the times required, a great strategist and army leader, and fiercely protective of his people. A man who looked down upon beggars and people who couldn’t support themselves in general, whether they were poor or sick, and relied on other people’s good will.
Even if vampires were real in his time, he wouldn’t have ever chosen to become one because, having been held captive and imprisoned for over a decade, he valued his freedom too much. And contrary to the popular belief, becoming a vampire doesn’t set you free. It confines you to a lifestyle unnatural for the human being, makes you a target and subject to hate—at least in the times prior to the YA vampire novel affluence it would have—and leaves you no way back.
Vlad would have called all his people to arms, trained special troops to deal with the problem, and staked the hell out of them, filling the Wallachian plains with forests of vampires impaled on stakes instead of Ottomans. And this is exactly what he did in The Impaler Legacy series. The story is set in modern times, but it’s a direct result of Vlad The Impaler’s actions. Because he was one of the good guys, and his motto would have been “Protect the innocents. Kill all vampires.”
by Ioana Visan
In a world crawling with vampires, Romania is the safest place left on earth. Thanks to the Little Council, there hasn’t been a vampire on Romanian ground in over five centuries, until one day when Liana Cantacuzino is ordered to bring one in, covertly.
Enter Maximilien Hess, a thousand-year-old vampire determined to ruin the existing order of things. When all is revealed, Hess’s secret changes everything, and a reluctant alliance is formed because the alternative is much worse.
The Impaler Legacy Omnibus, a vampire saga like no other, includes:
(Each title includes the purchase link to Amazon for that title)