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Perix April 14th, 2012 12:39 PM

Vlad the impaler thread
 
Take it as you like, fans, haters or disgusted

Void April 14th, 2012 12:48 PM

Vlad was rad.

No, really. I think he's quite an interesting character.

AlpinLuke April 14th, 2012 12:51 PM

I read a book about Vlad [by McNally and Florescu] and at the end my opinion is that in his own historical context he showed to be "bad", that is to say above the line of a Christian warrior fighting the infidels, but he had his good reasons, because of the lack of support of the official Church and of the Western Christian Lords on a hand and because of the threat coming from the Muslims in the south.

I don't share any admiration for his behavior, on the contrary, I condemn it, ethically, but I understand it in that context.

Perix April 14th, 2012 12:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Void (Post 1003488)
Vlad was rad.

I agree, but I think this helped in his purposes in those dire times

Linschoten April 14th, 2012 01:03 PM

People are always inclined to think the worst about an impaler; such is the power of prejudice.

Inc April 14th, 2012 01:05 PM

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zmlapl515w]Vlad[/ame]

Good shortish documentary which focuses in a bit on what made him the man he was.

Rongo April 14th, 2012 01:49 PM

A true monster. He was disgusting, to say the least...

Salah April 14th, 2012 01:56 PM

A combination of the three and fourth options for me.

Zoltan April 14th, 2012 02:27 PM

Didn't he also impale spiders while imprisoned? I remember hearing this, but I'm not sure if its myth or not.

Salah April 14th, 2012 02:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zoltan (Post 1003612)
Didn't he also impale spiders while imprisoned? I remember hearing this, but I'm not sure if its myth or not.

He was accused of impaling vermin (not sure if the species was identified), but you're right, this was likely a myth.


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