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Dracula may be buried with daughter and son in law in Naples

Vlad Dracula is famous for temporarily halting the Turkish advance into Eastern Europe and liberating many Christians from Turkish rule. He was involved in several famous long shot underdog victories against the Turks. This includes stopping a full scale invasion of Wallachia by a Turkish army of 90,000.

Dracula adopted the Turkish terror tactic of impalement and used it against the Turks. He also successfully trained and utilized peasants instead of relying on the the nobility to fight.

Dracula was demonized by Saxon merchants, who he accused of war profiteering. He was also demonized and temporarily imprisoned by the King of Hungary too justify stealing a shipment of gold that Western European leaders had sent to Dracula to use to fight the Turks.

Dracula was the Prince of Wallachia, part of modern day Romania.

From UK Daily Mail…

He has cast a shadow over the craggy Transylvanian Alps for centuries.

But the remains of the real-life Dracula are today to be found not in the Romanian Alps but in Italy, according to new research.

Count Vlad Tepes, the so-called Dracula, was thought to have died in battle. But scholars from the University of Tallinn say they have discovered documentary evidence that he was in fact taken prisoner, ransomed to his daughter – by then safe in Italy – and buried in a church in Naples.

And a newly uncovered headstone in Naples’ Piazza Santa Maria La Nova, in the same graveyard as his daughter and son-in-law, could be his final resting place, they say.

His daughter Maria was meanwhile brought to the Neapolitan court, whose ruling family was allied with her own family, where she was adopted and eventually married to a Neapolitan nobleman.

Documents show that Maria in fact paid a ransom to the Turks for her father, who was then brought to Naples, the historians say.
Student Erika Stella, investigating the cloister of Santa Maria Nova in Naples for her thesis, discovered the incongruous grave and returned with historians who undertook months of research.

Medieval history scholar Raffaello Glinni said that the 16th century tomb is covered in images and symbols of the House of the Transylvanian ‘Carpathians’, not in keeping with the tomb of an Italian nobleman.

‘When you look at the bas-relief sculptures the symbolism is obvious’, he told Neapolitan newspaper Il Mattino.
‘The dragon means Dracula and the two opposing sphinxes represent the city of Thebes also called Tepes. In these symbols, Dracula Tepes, the very name of the count is written,’ he said.