Feared as Vlad the Impaler, this despot would stop at nothing to demoralize the enemy. The most infamous demonstration of this was when he mounted over twenty thousand heads of the opposing empire's soldiers upon pikes for all to see.
Vlad III Dracula, known as Vlad the Impaler (1428/31 – 1476/77), was Voivode of Wallachia three times between 1448 and his death. He is often considered one of the most important rulers in Wallachian history and a national hero of Romania. His habit to impale captured people led to his cognomen, and his reputation for cruelty inspired the name of the vampire Count Dracula, for whom, however, he did not serve as the general inspiration, in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.