Historiography of Ottoman Europe

Ἱστορία τῶν κατὰ τὴν Οὐγγροβλαχίαν τελεσθέντων, ἀρξαμένη ἀπὸ Σερμπάνου Βοηβόνδα μέχρι Γαβριὴλ Βοηβόνδα τοῦ ἐνεστῶτος δουκός

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Translated Title
A history of the events in Wallachia from Prince Șerban to Prince Gabriel, the present ruler (English)
Matthew of Myra (1550-1624) | VIAF | ISNI
Publication Type
Modern Greek
Place of Origin
The History of Metropolitan Matthew of Myra was published together with Stavrinos the Vestiary’s Heroic deeds of the most pious and valiant voivode Michael in Venice, in 1638. Its fifteen-syllable vernacular verses, composed probably between 1618 and 1620, depict events that occured in Wallachia between 1602 and 1618. They are introduced as a continuation of Stavrinos’ and Palamidis’ works about prince Michael “the Brave”. The History is followed by Some spiritual advice to voivode Alexander Iliaș and all his successors to the throne, dated February 1618 by the author. This section ends with a Lament for the fall of Constantinople under the Ottomans and a short liturgical hymn. The 2.860 verses composed by Matthew were dedicated to the Grand Ban of Craiova, Ioannis (Catargi). We do not know whether the author thought of them as being a sole composition, but Alfred L. Vincent argued convincingly that it was the Metropolitan’s decision to unite them.
  • National Library of Greece | ΜΠΤ 502
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Secondary Literature
The manuscript is dated Bucharest, July 1728
Stavrinos the Vestiary , Wallachia , Palamidis , Michael the Brave , Fall of Constantinople , liturgical hymn , Ioannis Catargi , Neamț Monastery , Florea Logothete , Priest Stanciu from Bucharest
Geographic Keywords
Venice, Athens