Prince Michael the Brave of Wallachia wears an embroidered cloak over a blackened cuirass with gold inlay. On his head he wears a traditional Wallachian fur hat with decorative bird feathers on one side. Michael was left-handed, and therefore his left hand rests on his scimitar. In battle, though, he preferred to wield a double-bladed axe. His large, fur-trimmed cloak offered ample warmth. The red lining was inspired by the 16th-century Wallachian flag, which had a black sable eagle with a gold cross in its beak set against a red background.
“MICHAEL CAME TO POWER IN A TREACHEROUS POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT. HE WAS CAUGHT IN A VICE BETWEEN THE HABSBURG AND OTTOMAN EMPIRES. IF HE WERE THE VASSAL OF ONE, HE WOULD BE THE ENEMY OF THE OTHER. IT WAS A COMPLEX GAME OF POLITICAL CHESS, FRAUGHT WITH PERIL”
Wallachian Prince Michael the Brave as depicted in an early 20th-century mural painting