Costea of Moldavia

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Costea was a Voivode of Moldavia mentioned in a document from 1407 in line of rulers between Laţcu and Petru. Initially it has been thought that he ruled between 1373 and 1374, as the first ruler of Moldavia from the Muşat family. Also he was believed by some to have been born in Wallachia, being probably related to Basarab I's ruling family. More recent studies[1][2] tend to consider him a son of Bogdan I.

He was married to Margareta (Muşata), a Roman Catholic. They had several children: Petru, Roman, all of them ruling in succession after Laţcu's death.

In a document from 1392 it is said that his wife, Muşata, built in the city of Siret, the church Saint John the Baptist, where she was interred.


  1. ^ Gorovei, Ştefan S., Întemeierea Moldovei. Probleme controversate, Editura Universităţii „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”, Iaşi, 1997, ISBN 973-9149-74-X
  2. ^ Rezachevici, Constantin, Cronologia critică a domnilor din Ţara Românească şi Moldova, a. 1324 - 1881, vol. I, Editura Enciclopedică, Bucureşti, 2001, ISBN 973-45-0387-1