The history of Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler is surrounded by myth and legend. He was the character that was the inspiration for Bram Stokers Novel "Dracula" being the very famous Count Dracula.
Vlad became notorious for his sadism, though he was also respected by his subjects because of his fierce campaigns against the Turks. He was a respected as a warrior and a stern ruler who tolerated no crime against his people, and during his reign erected several monasteries. He was a hero that was both worshiped and feared by his people.