Vladislav II of Wallachia

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For the Hungarian king, see Vladislaus II of Hungary. For the Serbian prince, see Stefan Vladislav II.
Vladislav II
Voivode of Wallachia
Vladislav al II-lea.jpg
Reign 1447–1448; 1448–1456
House House of Dăneşti (branch of the House of Basarab)
Father Dan II of Wallachia
Died 20 August 1456[1]
"Târguşor"
Vladislav and his wife Neacşa
The Monastery founded by Vladislav II.

Vladislav II (died c. August 20, 1456) was a ruler of the principality of Wallachia, from 1447 to 1448, and again from 1448 to 1456.

The way Vladislav II came to throne is debatable. The most accepted is that Vladislav assassinated Vlad II Dracul, ruler of Wallachia, and was subsequently placed on the throne by John Hunyadi,[2] on the other, Vladislav II was helped by the Ottomans to replace Dan III which was assigned by the Hungarians.[3]

Conflict with Iancu de Hunedoara[edit]

It is not known if Vladislav II has been invited to take part in the Battle of Kosovo (1448) or not. It is certain however that he didn't send any troops in aid, and as a result, Iancu de Hunedoara took back the transilvanian possessions: Făgăraș and Amlaș on the 23rd of April 1452. Vladislav embargoed the trade of Wallachia with the Brasov county, part of Iancu's Transylvania. After negotiations, on the 15th of November 1455, Iancu tells the people of Brasov that the embargo will be lifted however Vladislav trying to get back the possessions, attacks the Făgăraș fortress and in the process burns a few Saxon villages. In response, Iancu gives Vlad (soon to become Vlad the Impaler) a few soldiers and with the help of the Saxons whose villages were burned down, Vladislav II is taken down.

Death[edit]

On August 20, 1456, Dracul's son, Vlad III Dracula killed Vladislav in hand-to-hand combat. Although Vladislav's gravestone is marked August 22, 1456, that was the date of the engraving. He was not buried at the Snagov Monastery which he founded, instead he was buried at the Dealu Monastery.

Legacy[edit]

Vladislav founded the Snagov Monastery in 1453 where a wooden sculpted door was preserved to this day and it is exhibited at the Religious Art Museum of Bucharest. At the Athos Mountain in 1450, Vladislav gave Koutloumousiou Monastery a charter and gave a gift of 10000 Akçet to the St. Elijah Skit.

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Academiei p.380
  2. ^ Academiei p.375
  3. ^ Giurescu p.14

References[edit]

Information gathered from Radu R. Florescu and Raymond T. McNally Dracula: Prince of Many Faces Copyright: 1989

  • Giurescu, Constantin C. (2007). The History of Romanians II. București: BIC ALL. pp. 107–108. ISBN 978-973-571-709-4. 
  • Academia Romana (2012). A History of Romanians IV (2nd ed.). Bucuresti: Editura Enciclopedica. ISBN 978-973-45065-2-1. 
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Vlad II Dracul
Prince of Wallachia
1447–1448
Succeeded by
Vlad III Dracula
Preceded by
Vlad III Dracula
Prince of Wallachia
1448–1456
Succeeded by
Vlad III Dracula