Ambassador to Constantinople, Nicolae Milescu is one of the most adventurous figures in Romanian history. He was the one to translate the Old Testament in Romanian. Traveled to Berlin, Paris and Stockholm. That is no small feat for the 17th century!
Highly ambitious, he has the misfortune of being found out by the ruler and mutilated: his knows is chopped off so he can no longer ascend to the throne.
He leaves for Russia, becomes an interpreter and is sent as an ambassador to China – notorious for its isolationism. He also reached Siberia. All his stories are recorded in his journals and become benchmarks for the wave of explorers of the 19th century.