House of Drăculești

The Drăculești (Romanian [drəkuˈleʃtʲ]) were one of two major rival lines of Wallachian voivodes of the House of Basarab, the other being the Dănești. [1] These lines were in constant contest for the throne from the late fourteenth to the early sixteenth centuries. Descendants of the line of Drăculești would eventually come to dominate this principality until its unification with Transylvania and Moldavia by Mihai Viteazul in 1600.

The line of the Drăculești began with Vlad II Dracul, son of one of the most important rulers of the Basarab dynasty, Mircea cel Bătrân. The name Drăculești is derived from the membership of Vlad II Dracul, "the Dragon/Drake," (in modern Romanian Dracul means "the Devil") in the Order of the Dragon (founded 1408).

Members of the Drăculești line

Members of the Drăculești line who held the throne of Wallachia include the following:

Ruler Remark
Vlad II Dracul14361442, 14431447; son of Mircea cel Bătrân
Mircea II1442; son of Vlad II
Vlad III Drăculea1448, 14561462, 1476; son of Vlad II
Radu cel Frumos14621473, 1474; son of Vlad II
Vlad Călugărul1481, 14821495; son of Vlad II
Radu cel Mare14951508; son of Vlad Călugărul
Mihnea cel Rău15081509; son of Vlad III
Mircea III Dracul1510; son of Mihnea cel Rău
Vlad cel Tânăr15101512; son of Vlad Călugărul
Radu de la Afumați15221523, 1524, 15241525, 15251529; son of Radu cel Mare
Radu Bădica15231524; son of Radu cel Mare
Vlad Înecatul15301532; son of Vlad cel Tânăr
Vlad Vintilă de la Slatina15321534, 15341535; son of Radu cel Mare
Radu Paisie1534, 15351545; son of Radu cel Mare
Mircea Ciobanul15451552, 15531554, 15581559; son of Radu cel Mare
Pătrașcu cel Bun15541558; son of Radu Paisie
Petru cel Tânăr15591568; son of Mircea Ciobanul
Alexandru II Mircea15681574, 15741577; son of Mircea III Dracul
Vintilă1574; son of Pătrașcu cel Bun
Mihnea Turcitul15771583, 15851591; son of Alexandru II Mircea
Petru Cercel15831585; son of Pătrașcu cel Bun
Mihai Viteazul15931600; son of Pătrașcu cel Bun

See also


  1. C.C.Giurescu p.112


  • Constantin C.Giurescu Istoria românilor vol. II, Editura științifică și enciclopedică, București 1976
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