Vlad III Dracula of Wallachia: Evil Villain or Hero?
Vlad III Dracula was known after his death as Vlad the Impaler (Tepes) and had a reputation of being an evil and sadistic madman who resorted to unusual, brutal and bizarre methods of killing his victims. What was Vlad really like as a ruler and warlord?
Horse Archery of Europe
So often we hear about horse archery as only some steppe super tactic unstopable in battle. Even a shallow study of history disproves this invincibility myth. In any case I think something quite under studied was horse archery in Europe. I am not refering so much to the Scythians, Sarmatians or Geto-Dacians of the older eras but more so that of the medieval era. I know the Russians during and after the Mongol invasions had adopted similar horse archery tactics although it is possible it…