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Stephen the Great, Saint
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(c. 1430 – Jul 2, 1504), prince of Moldavia. Popular tradition called him a “defender of Christendom” and saint; after the political reversal of 1989, the Synodic Council of the Romanian Orthodox Church canonized him as “Stephen the Great and Saint” on Jun 20/21, 1992, to reinforce the national religious identity of the Romanian people, especially outside the state of Romania. His reign, beginning on Apr 12, 1457, represented a cultural, economic, and political highpoint in the hi…

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Thöle, Reinhard, “Stephen the Great, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 February 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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