Milica Despina of Wallachia
Milica Despina or Milița Despina (Serbian: Милица Деспина, Romanian: Milița Despina, c. 1485 – d. 1554) was the Princess consort of Wallachia by marriage to Neagoe Basarab, who ruled (1512-1521). She was regent of Wallachia from 1521 to 1522, on the behalf of her son Teodosie of Wallachia. In later years she became a nun, and took the name Platonida.
Princess Milica Despina was of Serbian origin, and closely related to noble houses of Branković and Lazarević. In historiography, there are several theories about her parents. Some scholars think that she was one of the daughters of Serbian despot Jovan Branković who died in 1502. Others think that she was daughter of John′s elder brother, Serbian despot Đorđe Branković who died in 1516. There is also some other views about her origin.
Milica Despina and Neagoe Basarab had six children:
- Teodosie of Wallachia, r. 1521–1522
- Roxanda (Ruxandra), married to Radu of Afumați, and later to Radu Paisie
- Angelina (Anghelina)
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- Nicolescu, 95-117.
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