Originally Posted by RiponredTJ
We should discuss the military tactics of that time and region.
It's a bit of a horror show all around.
Agreed, everyone was resorting to torture as a means of conversion, either to a relugous or political ideology.
Stoker's book (which is a testament to the abilities of Freudian post analyses) really only used the name and location while denying most of the historical context.
The region is impenetrable from the outside, the topography is diverse and would be difficult for even a modern army to traverse, let alone the Ottomans on horse back.
His contemporaries were far more brutal than he and he serves as a point of national pride to this day.
Nicolae Ceaușescu invoked his name in order to gain national popularity (which is quite common in Communism, most invoking religious leaders as proof of their noble duty).