|Having married Matthias Corvin's sister, Vlad was released to continue the anti-Turkish struggle, and after spending a year in Sibiu in 1475, he regained the Wallachian throne in 1476, with the help of Matei. His victory did not last. Some reports indicate that Vlad was killed in a battle against Turks and others that Vlad was betrayed by the boyars and killed by one of his servants. His head was sent to the Sultan as a gift, while the decapitated body was buried inside the church at Snagov Monastery, located on an isolated island near Bucharest. When archaeologists in the early 1930's removed the marble slab that was supposed to be covering the Vlad's grave, they found an empty six-foot pit.
Only his eldest son, Mihnea, nicknamed Mihnea the Bad, succeded in gaining the Wallachian throne. He is regarded to have cut of the noses of his political enemies. He was assasinated in 1510 in Sibiu.