TABOR - Tradition and Contemporaneity in the Romanian Orthodox Church
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Prince Mihai Viteazul (1593-1601) - Soldier of Christ and Defender of European Christendom
In his work Prince Mihai Viteazul (1593-1601) - Soldier of Christ and Defender of the European Christendom, the author presents the mentioned Romanian ruler as a Christ’s soldier and defender of Christendom. Mihai Viteazul was the prince under whose rule the First Union of All Romanians took place in 1600; his acts of bravery in the face of great powers of the time such as the Ottoman Empire, the Kingdom of Poland, the Tatar Khanate, or the principalities of Transylvania, brought him the title of the greatest military and diplomatic strategist in Eastern Europe. But for all these qualities and achievements, many other leaders of the time hated him and wanted him removed, because they could not accept an Orthodox „Vlach” as the leader and defender of Christianity; that is why they hastened his death by assassination on August 9/19, 1601, on the Turda Plains. And they were not pagans, but so-called Christians.