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It may seem astonishing, but Vlad Tepes, the tyrant famous for his cruelty, had a great love. The woman who managed to conquer his heart was Katharina Siegel, the daughter of a weaver from Brasov (Kronstadt/ Corona) one of the most famous saxon cities in Transylvania. It seems that she has been the only woman for which Dracula had made jealousy crises.

art, brasov, and Dracula image
art, brasov, and Dracula image

They met on the Christmas Eve, 1455, she was 17 and he was 24. A few very young girls were struggling to pull a sled,filled with supplies for soldiers Bastion (located near the house of Vlad Ţepeş, the then military governor of Brasov), uphill through the big snow . Found with his officers at the base of the hill, Vlad jumped to help them. The prince's gallantry seemed strange to everyone, until they realized that he would not take his eyes off the young blue-eyed blonde.

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Katharina Siegel grew up at the Franciscan Monastery in Mahlersdorf, after a fire left her family poor. Afterwards the family moved to the Tartler house, which still exists on Poarta Schei Street number 14. In the same year, in the Transylvanian Chronicle, Prince Vlad Tepes, Military Governor and Duke of Fagaras and Amlas, started in Corona (today's Brasov), an idyll with one of the most beautiful maids of the city....
Dracula walked often to the Tartler house to see his lover, Katharina, who spent most of her time weaving in a room at the ground floor. He offered her the most beautiful dresses made of silk and lace from Venice and Flanders.

The 18th-century Transylvanian Chronicle also shows that Prince Vlad's love story with the beautiful saxon created a rebellion among the pretenders at the girl's hand, three of them coming from wealthy families of the Saxon community.
It is said that his love for Katharina stirred up very violent crises: he was swinging things around with the sword or avenging those around. The jealousy scenes of the prince terrified the fortress of Brasov - in one of these episodes a priest was wounded.

During the Bartolomeu massacre,to the prince's ears came the news that the merchants' wives in the city attacked the house where Katharina lived. They beat her and put her at the pillar of infamy in the Council Square.
Because they cut her hair, the prince threatened to burn down the whole city. To release his lover, he freed the other Saxon merchants who were to be killed in Bartolomeu.

The gorgeus saxon and the wallachian prince lived a love story lasting no less than 20 years, resulting in five children, namely Vladislav (1456), Catherina (1459), Christian (1461), Hanna (1463) and Sigismund (1468). In the summer of 1460, Vlad Tepes corresponded intensely with the new Pontifical Sovereign, Pope Pius II, to whom he asked for the second time a letter of indulgence to annul his first marriage with Anastasia Holszanska, granddaughter of Sofia Of Poland.

He wanted to marry Katharina, but the rigor of religion did not allow him.
The local sources report that in 1462, following an Ottoman attack, Anastasia committed suicide, throwing herself out of the tower of the Poienari fortress in Arges River. Unfortunatelly soon after the attack, Vlad was arrested and imprisoned by the King of Hungary , Mathias Corvin. The Hungarian king released him on condition that he shall marry his aunt, Elisabeth Corvin of Hunyadi. All This time Katharina remained faithful to the prince.

The assassination of the wallachian ruler in December 1476 or January 1477 ended his third reign and love between him and the saxon beauty.
The romanian historian Bertha Diana Krauser assumes that the beautiful Katharina, at 39, would have returned to the monastery.