Born within a few blocks of Dracula's castle and having had my primary education in Romania, I was raised to respect this important historical figure known as Vlad Tepes, the man the legend is based on.
The Romanian history I was taught painted Vlad Tepes as a revered and much appreciated ruler. Known as Vlad The Impaler, he cleansed his country of thieves, charlatans and prostitutes. He stood up to the Ottoman Empire and was loved and respected by his people.
My Romanian education taught me to appreciate this fearless ruler. When I came to the United States at the age of 15, I was surprised to find a different story modeled after the very same man. An enlightening book reconciled the two views into my current understanding of Vlad Tepes/Dracula: In Search of Dracula: The History of Dracula and Vampires by Raymond McNally and Radu Florescu (two authors-one American, one Romanian).
The following Discovery Channel Documentary presented in three parts below, is the most accurate portrayal of Dracula I have ever found. I hope you enjoy it! It is a story unlike any other. Please let me know what you think about it after you watch it! If you are very limited on time, start with part 2.