What is the historical accuracy surrounding the myth or legend of "Dracula"?

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sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume you are referring to the widely accepted source for the Dracula myth.  In the 15th century there was a Transylvanian leader called Vlad the Impaler.  Some believed that Vlad was a tyrant and others that he was a dedicated leader.  Either way, he made quite a name for himself and incited the wrath of many.  Because of a special award he received, he gained the nickname Dracula, and during a time when he was trying to regain power that had been taken from him, pamphlets against him went into circulation.  The pamphlets were titled:  The Frightening and Truly Extraordinary Story of a Wicked Blood-drinking Tyrant Called Prince Dracula.  This seems to be the main source for the legend. 

There is a good, complete site below for all the history on this historical figure.