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2010-10-01 05:48 pm (UTC)
Though he grew up with them, and was championed for his throne by the sultan. On a couple of occasions. But true, he didn't give those things much thought when the political situation pitted them against each other. Not that he had much love for Austria-Hungary either, even if there was the occasional alliance/vassalage situation. He did get captured and imprisoned by them when they thought they had a better keeper for the Wallachian 'buffer zone' between the rest of the Europe and Ottomans.
Eh, what I'm trying to say that I don't totally buy the whole image Vlad has been given as the fiery sword of God, fighting infidels at the border. To me he just comes off as more of an political opportunist, who didn't care too much if his allies were Christians or Muslims as long as it got him what he wanted.
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