Songbird with a bite, the Northern Shrike
During the 15th century a certain prince, in a region of what is now Romania, established a reputation for cruelty nearly beyond the bounds of imagination. Atrocities committed on his behalf in order to establish control of his small empire were particularly heinous. In Romania he is known as Vlad Tepes. English speakers call him Vlad III the Impaler. His legendary status was secured forever when novelist Bram Stoker loosely based an 1897 story on him and called it Dracula.
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