Mircea the Elder became known after the 19th century, because of Mihai Eminescu, a Romanian poet, who evoked him in his poem “Letter III”. He ruled with the help of the boyars, who were assisted by Turks. During his sovereignty, the Romanian Country reached the greatest territorial extent in its history.
His nickname “the Elder” was used to be distinguish by his nephew Mircea the II and Mircea Shepherd, who ruled in the 16th century. It was the first medieval ruler known by this name, because Walachia didn’t numbered the rulers like in West.
According to historians, Mircea’s father, Radu I, had two sons: Dan, the eldest one with Miss Ana and Mircea, with Miss Calinichia. There are several suppositions about the origin of Miss Calinichia, mother of Mircea the Elder. According to the latest Serbian Chronicles, in the 17th century, Miss Calinichia could be the fourth daughter of Prince Lazar of Serbia, because of her Greek name. Also, she could come from a family of boyars from Oltenia, adjudging by the large domains she owned there.
Mircea the Eldest had two wives, Miss Mara and Miss Anca. Most experts accept that Miss Mara is a descendant of the family of Cilly, the German Carinthia. Mrs. Maras’s image is kept in Bradet Hermitage, Arges County.He was the first ruler of the Fortress of Chair which has made its mark on Targoviste, but also on developing trade routes with Brasov and Braila.
He reined Romanian Country from September 1386 to November 1394 and May 1395 to January 1418. Because of his greatness territorial extents, he has brought the strengthening of its authority, expressed in arrogant name (which includes the title – despot “of countries of Dobrotici”) and representation of numismatics (study or collection of currency, counting coins, symbols, and allied items).
The city of Tragoviste was called by Mircea the first capital of the Romanian Country. This capital was growing quickly, mainly due to the construction of commercial road, which unites Brasov with Braila Port; and the second due to the strategic place of the town, became in the years 1368-1369 the refugee of royal family, and the central command center for military procedures thru the war among Vladislav Vlaicu and king of Hungary, Louis of Anjou.
Mircea the Elder had like many followers of his, to face the Ottoman Empire. He was enforced to make a deal with Gate. Using payment looting, he managed a key point: secured the continuity of administrative life and kept the Wallachian State.He remained one of the most legendary rulers from Wallachia.
During interwar period, his image was found on the symbol of Durostor County, located in the historical region of Dobrogea, as an icon of its position and activities.