A short biography on some of Europe's most loved and hated Monarchs - Pt 1 Vlad Tepes (Dracula)

Written by Stuart Bazga

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Atrepparttar beginning of 1462, Vlad launched a campaign againstrepparttar 146689 Turks alongrepparttar 146690 Danube River which was very successful, managing several victories. In retaliation for these losses,repparttar 146691 Sultan decided to launch a full-scale invasion of Wallachia with an army three times larger than Dracula's. Vlad was forced to withdraw towards Tirgoviste, burning villages and poisoning wells alongrepparttar 146692 way.

These acts were designed to hinderrepparttar 146693 Turkish army in their search for food and water. Whenrepparttar 146694 Sultan’s armies finally reachedrepparttar 146695 capital city, exhausted and hungry, they were confronted by a horrific sight: thousands of stakes heldrepparttar 146696 bodies of some 20,000 Turkish captives, which came to be known as "Forest ofrepparttar 146697 Impaled." The scene which was laid out before them had an immediate effect;repparttar 146698 Sultan hungry and worn out retreated. The Sultan Mehmed leftrepparttar 146699 next phase ofrepparttar 146700 battle to Vlad's younger brother Radu who pursued his brother and wife to Poenari castle onrepparttar 146701 Arges River.

Dracula's wife, in order to escape Turkish capture, committed suicide by hurling herself fromrepparttar 146702 upper walls, her body falling downrepparttar 146703 cliff face intorepparttar 146704 river below. Vlad managed to escaperepparttar 146705 siege and made his way to hungry withrepparttar 146706 help of local peasants. Upon his arrivalrepparttar 146707 Hungarian king Matthias arrested Dracula and imprisoned him atrepparttar 146708 Hungarian capital of Visegrad.

In 1475, Vlad Tepes again became prince of Wallachia where he enjoyed a very short third reign. He was assassinated towardsrepparttar 146709 end of 1476.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about Vlad Tepes or as he was better known-Dracula.

In my next article will learn aboutrepparttar 146710 life of(Mad)King George III.

Unitl then,

Best wishes and have a great day

Stuart Bazga

Guide to Castles of Europe

A Guide to Castles of Europe was born from childhood dreams and aspirations. It is my hope to educate and stimulate you into exploring these castles for yourselves.

Left Side, Right Side, Offside

Written by Kenneth Morley

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Psychologists applied a standard statistical test (5% significance level) to ‘prove’repparttar theory, even though they had a minimal knowledge of statistics.

However, it was found that aggressive/ passive behaviour is much more influenced by sexual stereotyping.

In an experiment conducted with a small boy aged about 3 years old, a female carer was told to look after him. When he was dressed as a boy,repparttar 146622 carer played more active/ rougher games, such as kicking a ball, with him. Whenrepparttar 146623 same boy was dressed as a girl, a carer satrepparttar 146624 ‘girl’ on her lap and used a doll to play with ‘her’.

This illustrates that a boy is ‘conditioned’ to be aggressive, and a girl is ‘conditioned’ to be passive.

So is there any ‘truth’ inrepparttar 146625 left/ right brain theory andrepparttar 146626 ‘gender theory’?

In my experience as a mathematics teacher, I’ve found that boys tend to solve mathematical problems in a more aggressive manner, and will try different approaches if one method fails. Girls tend to be more passive in their problem solving. Quite often a girl will start to userepparttar 146627 correct method, but abandon her solution through a lack of confidence whenrepparttar 146628 going gets slightly more difficult.

I tend to use intuition quite a lot to solve mathematical problems, especiallyrepparttar 146629 more difficult ones. That’s onrepparttar 146630 right side ofrepparttar 146631 brain I think?

Kenneth Morley has been a UK Mathematics Teacher for over 25 years. He has taught the age range 11 to 19 at secondary level in mathematics education,. Read similar articles, download activities, mathematics tutorials at http://www.tutorialsinmaths.com

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