Dan I of Wallachia

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Dan I
Voivode of Wallachia
Reign 1383–1386
Predecessor Radu I
Successor Mircea the Elder
Born 1354[1]
Died September 23, 1386
Spouse Maria of Serbia
Issue Dan II
House Dăneşti
Father Radu I
Mother Lady Ana

Dan I was prince of Wallachia from 1383 to 1386.[2] He was the son of Radu I of Wallachia[2] and the step-brother of Mircea I of Wallachia.

The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Laonikos Chalkokondyles claims that he was assassinated by his younger step brother Mircea I in collusion with a boyar party.[3] However, the Anonymous Bulgarian Chronicle states that Dan I was assassinated during a campaign fought between 1384-1386 against Ivan Shishman of Tarnovo, who was backed by the Ottomans, purportedly in favour of his uncle Ivan Sratsimir of Vidin, but ultimately part of the early Wallachian rulers' attempts to expand their rule south of the Danube.

Dan I's descendants were members of the House of Dăneşti, one of the two factions descended from Basarab I, that were claimants to the voivodeship of the Principality of Wallachia in subsequent centuries. The other rival faction was the House of Drăculeşti.


  1. ^ Tismana town official site
  2. ^ a b Czamańska, Ilona (1996). Mołdawia i Wołoszczyzna wobec Polski, Węgier i Turcji w XIV i XV wieku. Poznań: Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM. p. 204. ISBN 83-232-0733-X. 
  3. ^ Chalkokondyles, 2.23; translated by Anthony Kaldellis, The Histories (Cambridge: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, 2014), vol. 1 pp. 125-7
Preceded by
Radu I
Prince of Wallachia
c. 1383–1386
Succeeded by
Mircea I