According to the Bram Stoker novel, Dracula was a cultured man. In reality he was a Romanian warlord of the 15th century. He gained his name, Vlad the Impaler, because his favoured execution method was to run a spear through his victim's lower body, then stand them upright so the spear pierced the vital organs. This full history details his bloodthirsty military campaigns against the Turks and Bulgars. He pursued vicious guerilla tactics, a scorched earth retreat and tortured his captives. He was finally assassinated by his former Turkish allies.