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1. The warlord shown on this stamp is generally credited with establishing Moldavia (forerunner of the current state of Moldova) as an independent political region, which he ruled from 1359 until 1367. From what country did Bogdan I establish independence for his lands?
2. Bogdan I was succeeded by his grandson Petru I, who was deposed by his son Latcu. Subsequent rulers of Moldavia included (possibly) Costea (another grandson of Bogdan) and his sons Petru II (during whose rule Moldavia became a fiefdom of the Polish empire) and Roman I. Roman I was forced to surrender power after defeat at Breslev while supporting a rebellion against the Polish king. What (not unexpected) relationship to Roman I was the subsequent ruler of Moldavia, Stefan I?
3. Stefan the Great was the prince of Moldavia from 1457 until 1504. During that time, he became known as a brilliant defensive warrior. His victory at the Battle of Vaslui was one of the first defeats for which invading group?
4. Petru IV Rares was the illegitimate son of Stefan the Great. What is understood to be the meaning of the epithet 'Rares' usually attached to his name?
5. In 1693, Dimitrie Cantemir inherited the throne of Moldavia, but was forced to flee after a few weeks, because the Ottomans supported Constantin Duca. He finally gained control in 1710, and secretly signed a treaty which placed Moldavia under the control of which country?
6. Constantin Mavrocordat was Greek, born in Constantinople, and Prince of Moldavia for four separate stints between 1733 and 1769. For which of these is he best remembered?
7. Nicolae Donici, a Romanian astronomer, was born in 1874 in the city of Chisinau, now the capital of Moldova. By what name was the region known at the time of his birth?
8. Pantelimon "Pan" Halippa (1883-1979) was one of the founding members of which political party in 1917?
9. The children of Moldova have good reason to be grateful to Natalia Gheorghiu for her work. In what field did she establish her reputation?
10. With what histrionic profession would one associate the Moldovan Grigore Grigoriu (1941-2003)?
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