Radu II of Wallachia

Radu II Praznaglava (Radu II Empty Head/in Old Bulgarian/), (? – 1428?) was a ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century, ruling for 4 terms, each time preceded by Dan II, his rival for the throne, and each time succeeded by him. Of those 4 periods on the throne of Wallachia, all were within a period of only 7 years, and 3 terms lasted less than a year. He ruled:

  • August 1420 – 1422
  • summer of 1423
  • autumn of 1424
  • January – spring of 1427
Radu II
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Prince of Wallachia
(1st reign)
ReignMay – November 1421
PredecessorDan II of Wallachia
SuccessorDan II of Wallachia
Prince of Wallachia
(2nd reign)
ReignSummer 1423
PredecessorDan II of Wallachia
SuccessorDan II of Wallachia
Prince of Wallachia
(3rd reign)
Reign10 December 1424 – May 1426
PredecessorDan II of Wallachia
SuccessorDan II of Wallachia
Prince of Wallachia
(4th reign)
ReignJanuary – Spring 1427
PredecessorDan II of Wallachia
SuccessorDan II of Wallachia
Bornunknown
Died1431
DynastyHouse of Basarab
FatherMircea I of Wallachia
ReligionOrthodox

Son of Mircea cel Batran, he was probably the last voievod of Wallachia to assert control of Banat and southern Basarabia. Dobrogea was lost in 1417. His short intervals of rulership were marked by frequent and violent clashes with his rival and cousin, Dan II, for the throne of the principality. He found shelter and military support from the Ottoman Empire, and it was this submission to the Ottomans which ultimately caused Wallachia to lose Dobrogea and other territories. Radu II is last mentioned in the spring of 1427, when Dan II attacked him from Transylvania, retook the throne, and most probably killed him.

His nickname, as appears in Slavonic writings (Praznaglava), could also be translated as "simple-minded", but the more likely meaning is ”void of hair (bald)”. He is considered an obscure ruler, which placed Wallachia under Ottoman suzerainty.

Radu II of Wallachia
 Died: after 1427
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Dan II
Voivode of Wallachia
1421
Succeeded by
Dan II
Preceded by
Dan II
Voivode of Wallachia
1423
Succeeded by
Dan II
Preceded by
Dan II
Voivode of Wallachia
1424–1426
Succeeded by
Dan II
Preceded by
Dan II
Voivode of Wallachia
1427
Succeeded by
Dan II