We have little information about the first part
of the life of Vlad the Impaler. He was born in 1430, at Nurenberg or at Sighisoara.
It is known for sure that his father, Vlad the Devil, lived in this period
in Sighisoara. Like his father, in the early years of childhood, the future
ruler Vlad the Impaler got a distinguished education. He spoke German and,
of course, Latin. During Vlad the Devil's first reign, Vlad the Impaler accompanied
his father at Targoviste.
The Byzantine chancellor Mikhail Dukas showed that at Targoviste the sons of boyars and rulers got a distinguished education from either Romanian or Greek scholars, who came from Constantinople. The young prince learned for sure Latin and Pale Slavonic and probably Greek.
In 1437, the young prince's name appears for the first time in a document.
The legend about "The life of Vlad the Impaler" relates of the years spent in imprisonment at the Porte. As the Byzantine chronicler related, the unfledged sons of the Wallachian ruler, Vlad and Radu, had been taken by the Ottomans since childhood at Egrigoz. In the same situation was the young Albanian nobleman, George Kastriota from Kruja, named, for his qualities, Skanderbeg (in Turkish: Alexander the Macedonian). Later, he covered himself with glory in the wars with the Ottomans and became the most well known hero in the Albanian history. The young Romanian prince, Vlad, and the future Albanian hero had been chosen by the sultan, Murad the II-nd, as companions for his son, Mohammed, born in 1432. He was known in history as Mohammed the II-nd the Conqueror, because he conquered Constantinople in 1453. So the three young people, to whom the fate reserved such thundering lives, learned philosophy, the exact sciences, Turkish, Greek, Hebrew and Latin together.