House of Dragoș

House of Dragoș (Drăgoșești)
Founded 1352: Dragoș, Voivode of Moldavia

The House of Dragoș,[1] also known as the House of Drăgoșești[2][3] (Hungarian: Drágfy , Drágffy, Drágffi) was founded by Dragoș[4][5] (also known as Dragoș Vodă[6] or Dragoș of Bedeu[7]), who was traditionally been considered the first ruler[4] or prince of Moldavia and who was Voivode in Maramureş.[8]

Notable members

Family descendants

Currently the family descendants live in Romania (Maramureș County and Oaș Country of Satu Mare County), also in Poland, Ukraine.

Coat of arms and history

Voivode Dragoş I de Bedeu (Bedő) voivode of Máramaros Prince of Moldavia[9] and his successor son Sas de Beltiug (Hungarian Szász de Béltek) Prince of Moldavia,[10][11][12] bore the blue (azure) escutcheon with the gold crescent, gold stars and gold arrow on their coat of arms.[10][11] Other notable scions of Dragoş I were Bartolomeu Drágfi of Beltiug (Béltek), Comes Perpetuus of Middle Szolnok (14791488), Voivode of Transylvania and Comes of the Székely people (14931499),[12] who had distinguished himself earlier as a royal knight of the Hungarian Royal Court defeating the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Breadfield (1479) together with Pál Kinizsi, István Báthory, Vuk Branković and Basarab Laiotă cel Bătrân.[13][14][15] At the time of King Matthias Corvinus' death, Bartholomew Drágfi of Beltiug (Béltek) was among the wealthiest landowners of the country, three castles, two manor houses, eight market towns and about 200 villages were in his property.[12] His estates in Middle Szolnok and Satu Mare included the castles of Chioar and Ardud together with the large lordships surrounding them, and further, the castles of Șoimi and the castellum of Ceheiu.[12] Another important family member, among others, was Ioan Drágfi of Beltiug (Béltek) Comes of Temes County in 1525, who died 1526 in the Battle of Mohács.[13][14][15]

See also


  1. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-22., 22.03.2015
  2., 22.03.2015
  3. Romanian: Proiect de hotarare Primăria Municipiului Sighetu Marmaţiei Nr. 5651/09.04.2014, 12.11.2014
  4. 1 2 Klepper, Nicolae. Romania: An Illustrated History.
  5. Georgescu, Vlad. The Romanians: A History.
  6. Brezianu, Andrei and Spânu, Vlad (2007) "Dragoş Vodă (?ca. 1353)" Historical Dictionary of Moldova (2nd ed.) Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, USA, pages 124-125, ISBN 978-0-8108-5607-3
  7. Spinei, Victor. Moldavia in the 11th-14th Centuries.
  8. Ro:
  9. Vásáry, István (2005). Cumans and Tatars: Oriental Military in the Pre-Ottoman Balkans, 1185-1365. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 158. ISBN 9780511110153.
  10. 1 2 von Reichenau; von Czergheö; von Bárczay (1898). Siebmacher's großes Wappenbuch, Band 4, Der Adel von Siebenbürgen [Siebmacher's Great Armorial Book, Vol. 4, The Nobility of Transylvania] (in German). Nürnberg: Bauer & Raspe. p. 104.
  11. 1 2 von Reichenau, von Czergheö und von Bárczay (1885–1893). Siebmacher's großes Wappenbuch, Band 4, Der Adel von Ungarn samt den Nebenländern der St. Stephanskrone [Siebmacher's Great Armorial Book, Vol. 4, The Nobility of Hungary inclusive the Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen] (in German). Nürnberg: Bauer & Raspe. p. 1298.
  12. 1 2 3 4 Kovács, András (2012). Institutional Structures and Elites in Sălaj Region and in Transylvania in the 14th-18th Centuries (PDF). XXI, Supplement No. 2. Cluj-Napoca: Romanian Academy, Centre for Transylvanian Studies. pp. 4345, 110.
  13. 1 2 Joan cavaler de Puscariu - Date istorice privitoare la familiile nobile române (English History of the Romanian Noble Families). Editura societății culturale Pro Maramures "Dragoș Vodă", Cluj-Napoca, 2003 (in Romanian).
  14. 1 2 Prof. Alexandru Filipascu de Dolha și Petrova - Istoria Maramureșului (English History of Maramureş), Editura "Gutinul" Baia Mare, 1997 (in Romanian).
  15. 1 2 Wyrostek, Ludwik - Rod Dragow-Sasow na Wegrzech i Rusi Halickiej (English Clan Dragow-Saxon in Hungary and neighbouring Galicia). RTH t. XI/1931-1932 (in Polish).


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  • Neumann, Tibor (2012). "Drágfi Bertalan politikai szerepe II. Ulászló király idején [The Political Role of Bartholomew Drágfi in the reign of King Wladislas II]". In Hegyi, Géza; W. Kovács, András. A Szilágyság és a Wesselényi család (14–17. század) (in Hungarian). Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület. pp. 213–235. ISBN 978-606-8178-64-6. 
House of Dragoș (Drăgoșești)
New title Ruling House of Moldavia
1345 – 1364
Succeeded by
House of Bogdan-Mușat
Preceded by
Ruling House of Transylvania
1493 – 1499
Succeeded by
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