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View Poll Results: how he was
He was great 27 27.84%
He was bad boy 8 8.25%
He was disgusting 19 19.59%
He was bad, but had his reasons 43 44.33%
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Old April 14th, 2012, 11:39 AM   #1

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Old April 14th, 2012, 11:48 AM   #2

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Vlad was rad.

No, really. I think he's quite an interesting character.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 11:51 AM   #3

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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.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 11:59 AM   #4

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Vlad was rad.
I agree, but I think this helped in his purposes in those dire times
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People are always inclined to think the worst about an impaler; such is the power of prejudice.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 12:05 PM   #6

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Good shortish documentary which focuses in a bit on what made him the man he was.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 12:49 PM   #7

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A true monster. He was disgusting, to say the least...
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Old April 14th, 2012, 12:56 PM   #8

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A combination of the three and fourth options for me.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #9

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Didn't he also impale spiders while imprisoned? I remember hearing this, but I'm not sure if its myth or not.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 01:30 PM   #10

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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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