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Vlad Dracula Pictures
Vlad Tepes "Dracula" engraving from 1530, Augsburg
Vlad Tepes "Dracole Wayda" engraving, Augsburg, 1530
In 1447, his father, Vlad Dracul was assasinated by the Danesti family and with the support of John Hunyadi (Iancu de Hunedoara), Vladislav II captured the Wallachian throne.  Mircea, Dracula's eldest brother, had been tortured and  buried alive by the boyars (nobles) of Targoviste. In 1448 with the Turks support, Vlad Tepes managed to seize the throne, but lasted only two month. Hunyadi forced Dracula to surrender the throne to Vladislav II (known as Vlad II). Dracula fleed to Moldavia, where remained until 1451 when Prince Bogdan of Moldavia was assasinated,  and Vlad was forced to flee to Transylvania and asked his enemy, John Hunyadi, for protection. Hunyadi accepted the allegiance and Dracula became Hunyadi's vassal and received his father's old Transylvanian duchies of Fagaras and Almas. He remained in Transylvania until 1456.