IX, 2013, 2

Moldavia and Persia. Excerpts from Hasan Rumlu’s Chronicle on the Moldavian-Ottoman Clashes of Stephen the Great’s Time | p. 25–34

Hassan Rumlu, Moldavia, Persia, Stephen the Great


In the political and scholarly milieus of Safavid Persia, a state founded in the sixteenth century as an ensign of Shiite militant ideology, there was a constant preoccupation with identifying and understanding the European opponents of their own irreducible opponent – the Osmanlı Turks. After the Treaty of Amasya (1555), which enabled the Turks to focus on their Western conquering ambitions, the spirit of military retaliation against the Sunnite was reborn in Persia. On this favourable background, the writings of chronicler Hasan Rumlu include in the last third of the sixteenth century information on the history of Moldavia in the time of Stephen the Great.