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Din istoria economică a Mănăstirii Radu-Vodă. Două documente de la mijlocul veacului al XVIII-lea

Fragments of the economic history of the Radu-Vodă Monastery: two documents dating back from the XVIIIth century

Autor(i): Oana-Mădălina POPESCU

Our study presents and analyses two important documents, dating back from the middle of the XVIIIth century, regarding the economic history of the Radu-Vodă Monastery in Bucharest. The documents, written in the Romanian language, but with Cyrillic characters, are nowadays held by the Romanian National Archives.
The first document under scrutiny a letter, written on the 15th May 1729 by Hassan bimbaşa (a military commander of 1000 soldiers) and addressed to Ieremia, the hegumen of the Radu-Vodă Monastery at the time. We find, from this letter, that the monastery had allowed Hassan to use two estates from Ialomiţa district, Cuneasca and Rizeasca, which were property of the monastery. For using the estates, Hassan had to pay an amount of money to the monastery. The second document we investigate is a deed, written on the 28th August 1750, by Mehmed aga and addressed to the hegumen of Radu-Vodă Monastery. The deed talks about a previous agreement, through which Mehmed was allowed to use a stable on a certain estate of the monastery.
So, the two documents are very important because, on the one hand, they mention some estates of the monastery in Ialomiţa district in the XVIIIth century. But, one the other hand, they reveal the economic contacts between Radu-Vodă Monastery and two officials of Silistra town, in the respective period. As Silistra was part of the Ottoman Empire and the officials, Hassan and Mehmed were Muslims, the documents reveal that the Muslims had only the right to use the estates in the Romanian Principalities, not the right to ownership.
On the basis of these documents we go on to present some other links between the Wallachian territory and Silistra, in the XVII-XVIII centuries, as the two areas were in contact, despite of their political, juridical and religious statute. We illustrate, for example, the building of a castle in Silistra by Radu-Mihnea, the ruler of Wallachia and one of the founders of the Radu-Vodă Monastery and the construction of a cathedral in Silistra by Grigore Ghica, in the middle of the XVIIth century.

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