Sas of Moldavia

Sas was, according to the Slavo-Romanian chronicles, the second voivode of Moldavia (c. 1353/1360 – c. 1357/1364).[1][2] He followed his father Dragoş who had been sent to Moldavia as a representative of king Louis I of Hungary to establish a line of defense against the Golden Horde.[2] All chronicles show that he reigned four years.[1]

Voivode in Moldavia
Reignc. 1353/1360 – c. 1357/1364
Successor(?) Balc
Diedc. 1357/1364
DynastyHouse of Dragoș

According to the sequence of the voivodes listed in the Slavo-Romanian chronicles, he was followed by Bogdan (who would become the first independent ruler of Moldavia), but several historians (e.g., Alexandru Dimitrie Xenopol, Ştefan Pascu) consider Balc as his successor.[1] Victor Spinei thinks that Bogdan came to Moldavia immediately after the death of Sas, before Balc was able to consolidate his reign.[1]

The Drágfi of Béltek family, whose estates would encompass over a hundred villages in the Kingdom of Hungary,[3] descended from one of his sons, Drag.[4][better source needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Spinei, Victor. Moldavia in the 11th-14th Centuries.
  2. ^ a b Treptow, Kurt W.; Popa, Marcel. Historical Dictionary of Romania.
  3. ^ Köpeczi, Béla; Makkai, László; Mócsy, András; Szász, Zoltán; Barta, Gábor. History of Transylvania – Volume I: From the beginnings to 1606.
  4. ^ Marek, Miroslav (2009-01-23). "Hungarian noble families – Drágfi de Béltek family". Retrieved 2009-12-18.[self-published source]


  • Köpeczi, Béla (General Editor) – Makkai, László; Mócsy, András; Szász, Zoltán (Editors) – Barta, Gábor (Assistant Editor): History of Transylvania - Volume I: From the beginnings to 1606; Akadémiai Kiadó, 1994, Budapest; ISBN 963-05-6703-2
  • Spinei, Victor: Moldavia in the 11th-14th Centuries; Editura Academiei Republicii Socialiste România, 1986, Bucharest
  • Treptow, Kurt W. – Popa, Marcel: Historical Dictionary of Romania (the list ‘Rulers of Romania – Moldavia’, and entry ‘Dragoş (Mid-14th Century)’); The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1996, Lanham (Maryland, USA) & Folkestone (UK); ISBN 0-8108-3179-1
Sas of Moldavia
Regnal titles
Preceded by Voivode of Moldavia
1353-1360 – 1357-1364
Succeeded by