Cantemir was born in 1612. He became a voivode at the age of 71, after being favored by the Ottoman Empire in his conflict with Dumitraşcu Cantacuzino. He participated in many campaigns of the Great Turkish War, assisting the Ottomans in their campaigns against the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Habsburg Monarchy – nevertheless, he constantly informed the Polish and Habsburgs of the Turkish designs. During his rule, Moldavia was twice invaded, once by Nogai Tatars, and a second time by Poland.
He was illiterate and, according to Ioan Neculce, could only write his own signature. Nonetheless, he ensured that his sons Antioh Cantemir and Dimitrie Cantemir received a good education. He died in 1693 at the age of 80.
Constantin Cantemir was buried in the Sfântul Niculae Domnesc church of Iași, the religious ceremony being performed by the patriarchs of Jerusalem, Antioch and Alexandria and a representative of the patriarch of Constantinople. In 1795-1706, his son, voivode Antoh Cantemir reinhumed him at the Mera Monastery (in Mera, Vrancea County)
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|Offspring of Constantin Cantemir and Maria of Ceucani (c1640-1668)|
|Ruxandra Cantemir (c1660-c1707)||1660||1707|| Lupu Bogdan (c1661-c1720)|
|Offspring of Constantin Cantemir and Ana Bantaș (c1645-1677)|
|Antioh Cantemir (1670-1724)||4 December 1670||1724 Constantinople, Turkey|| Caterina Ceaur (c1675-1708)|
|Dimitrie Cantemir (1673-1723)||26 October 1673 Silișteni, Vaslui County, Moldavia, Romania||21 August 1723 Dmitrovsk, Dmitrovsk Rayon, Oryol Oblast, Russia|| Cassandra Cantacuzino (1682-1713)|
Anastasia Trubetskaya (1700-1755)
|Safta Cantemir (1675-c1696)||1675||1696 Constantinople, Turkey|| Mihai Racoviță (c1660-1744)|
| Prince/Voivode of Moldavia|
| Succeeded by|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Ruler of Modavia|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1612|
|PLACE OF BIRTH|
|DATE OF DEATH||1693|
|PLACE OF DEATH|