Sultan Mehmed II
In response to this, Sultan Mehmed II, the recent
conqueror of Constantinople, raised an army of around
60,000 troops and 30,000 irregulars and in the spring of
1462 headed towards Wallachia.
Vampire Academy by
Sultan Mehmed the
Conqueror was greeted by the sight of a veritable forest
of stakes on which Vlad the Impaler had impaled 20,000
Turkish prisoners. With his army of 20,000–30,000 men
Vlad was unable to stop the Turks from entering
Wallachia and occupying the capital Târgovişte (June 4,
1462), so he resorted to guerrilla war, constantly
organizing small attacks and ambushes on the Turks.
most important of these attacks took place on the nights
of June 16–17, when Vlad and some of his men allegedly
entered the main Turkish camp (wearing Ottoman
disguises) and attempted to assassinate Mehmed.
to subdue Vlad, the Turks left the country, leaving Radu
the Handsome to continue fighting. Despite Vlad
achieving military victories, he had alienated himself
from the nobility, which sided with Radu the Handsome.
By August 1462 Radu had struck a deal with the Hungarian
Crown. Consequently, Vlad was imprisoned by Matthias
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