Heroic deeds of the most pious and valiant voivode Michael (English)
Stavrinos the Vestiary
Place of Origin
1.312 fifteenth-syllable verses in demotic Greek depicting the rise and fall of the Wallachian prince Michael the Brave (Mihai Viteazul; 1593-1601). According to the author, the poem was written in prison, in the city of Bistrița , shortly after its hero’s assassination (February 1601/1602 ). Alfred Vincent has convincigly shown that some sections were added later, probably between 1603 and 1606.
The text is to be found on ff. 26 sq. The poem was printed for the first time in Venice, together with the "History", the "Advices" and the "Lament" by Matthew, Metropolitan of Myra, in 1638. After this first edition, the poem was edited at least twelve times until 1806. The 1642 edition is available at http://anemi.lib.uoc.gr/metadata/0/2/5/metadata-22-0000213.tkl. Concerning the poem's translations, a Slavonic summary can be found in a 18th century manuscript in Vienna (Schottenkloster 609).