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Matei Basarab

Matei Basarab (1588, Brâncoveni, Olt—April 9, 1654, Bucharest) was a Wallachian Voivode (Prince) between 1632 and 1654.

Much of Matei's reign was spent fighting off incursions from Moldavia, which he successfully accomplished in 1637, 1639, and 1653 - see Battle of Finta. He was an enlightened ruler, and is noted for introducing the printing press to Wallachia (1634) and creating the first Wallachian code of laws as well as patronizing art and religion (founder of the first upper school in his Principality). He built more than 45 churches and monasteries, being compared to Stephen the Great, the famous ruler of Moldavia.

More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matei_Basarab


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