This article focuses on the Polish-Moldavian relations during the reign of Stephen IV of Moldavia as a largely marginalized theme in Polish historiography. The majority of Polish historical studies make brief mentions of Stephen’s reign at best. Stephen’s ascension to the Moldavian throne fell during the Turkish expansion in the Balkans, with Moldavia struggling to retain the remnants of its independence. For Poland, the region played a key role as a buffer against the Tatar threat and a commercial gateway to the Black Sea basin. Thus, King Sigismund I the Old strove to maintain his influence in Moldavia, at the same time preventing it from annexation by Turkey. Sigismund’s overtures, however, faced a number of obstacles, which are recounted in this article.
AfiliacjaHenryk Sienkiewicz High School in Koluszki Polska
Patryk Kozieł, M.A. (b. 1991) is a historian and geographer, graduate of the Faculty of History of the Jagiellonian University. His principal research interests include the history of Poland in the 16th century and the Polish-Moldavian relations at the time, and historical didactics. He currently teaches history, geography, and social studies at the Henryk Sienkiewicz High School in Koluszki.