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Radu Șerban (? – 23 March 1620) was a Wallachian nobleman who reigned as the principality's voivode during two periods from 1602 to 1610 and during 1611.[1] A supposed descendant of Neagoe Basarab, he attained high office during the reign of Michael the Brave.[2] After ascending the throne, he continued the policy of independence of Wallachia first put forth by Michael the Brave. Having struggled with great difficulties inside and outside the country, he managed to cope successfully during a reign lasting almost ten years. He has been noted for his particular political skill and military prowess, proving to be one of the more noteworthy princes of Wallachia.

Radu Șerban
Painting of Wallachian voivode Radu Șerban at Horezu Monastery.jpg
Painting of Șerban at Horezu Monastery
Prince of Wallachia
(1st reign)
ReignAugust 1602 – December 1610
PredecessorSimion Movilă
SuccessorRadu Mihnea
Prince of Wallachia
(2nd reign)
ReignJune – September 1611
PredecessorRadu Mihnea
SuccessorRadu Mihnea
Bornunknown
Died23 March 1620
IssueConstantin Șerban
ReligionOrthodox

NotesEdit

  1. ^ (in Romanian) "Radu Șerban" at the Comăna Monastery site; accessed June 17, 2013
  2. ^ Alexander D. Xenopol, History of Romanians in Dacia Traiana, Ed. Romanian book, Bucharest, 1925, vol. VI, pp. 7-18.