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The golden chalice of Vlad Ţepeş


Ţepeş and Ceauşescu

Some Romanians wish for more order....

The primary tale about Vlad Ţepeş' enforcement of order is so popular that it is probably apocryphal — untrue, but apt in its description of a theme.

The story is that the medieval Romanian prince, known for brutality, set a golden chalice upon the structure of a city's main fountain. All were allowed to use the golden cup — none to remove it.

Such was the authority of "Vlad the Impaler" that nobody did so, as long as he was alive.

One day the chalice was gone. By this, everybody knew that Vlad Ţepeş was dead.