At Europe's Borders: Medieval Towns in the Romanian by Laurenţiu Rădvan

By Laurenţiu Rădvan

A painstaking look at every thing that has to do with medieval cities within the lesser-known Romanian Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia. a brand new and interesting point of view at the historical past of the city global in significant and South-Eastern Europe.

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It is on them that our understanding of similar processes in the Principalities hinges, and since our approach follows a timeline, we will begin with Wallachia, and then focus on Moldavia. In some cases, we have gone beyond the year 1500, but only where we were presented with historical facts relevant to our research. Some towns, which emerged in late 14th century, are thoroughly documented only around 1500. We have outlined the major differences in the urbanization process in the two countries, also emphasizing the role of colonists.

18 Dimitrie Cantemir, Descrierea stării de odinioară i de astăzi a Moldovei, vol. II, eds. Dan Slu anschi, Valentina E anu, Andrei E anu (Bucharest, 2007). 19 Istoria ˘ării Române ti, 1290–1690. Letopise≥ul Cantacuzinesc, eds. C. Grecescu, D. Simionescu (Bucharest, 1960); Istoriile domnilor ˘rii Române ti de Radu Popescu vornicul, ed. Constantin Grecescu (Bucharest, 1963); Virgil Cândea, “Letopise≥ul ˘ării Române ti (1292–1664) în versiunea arabă a lui Macarie Zaim,” SRDI, vol. XXIII, no. 4 (1970), pp.

As he owned land and was tied to the ruler by fealty, the boier in the Romanian Principalities is partly akin to the nobles in the rest of Europe. Even so, he does display some 24 Ennen, The Medieval Town, pp. 46–47; David Nicholas, The Growth of the Medieval City from Late Antiquity to the Early Fourteenth Century (London, 1997), pp. 90–91; Györffy, “Les débuts de l’évolution urbaine,” p. 134. introduction 13 peculiar features, which determine us to avoid calling him a noble, but rather a boyar, a word which came into use in academic literature (in the English one as well).

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