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Samavia is a fictional state in Eastern Europe created in the novel The Lost Prince by Frances Hodgson Burnett.


Samavia is not precisely located in terms of real life geography, since the only location given for the country uses only fictional places (its location is given as "north of Beltrazo and east of Jiardasia and borders Carnolitz"). The capital city of Samavia is given as Melzarr.


Medieval Period

Samavia is described by Hodgson Burnett as having been a small kingdom with a pastoral economy during the Middle Ages, ruled by kings from the House of Fedorovitch. The Fedorovitch were overthrown in the early fifteenth century after a rebellion ended in the regicide of the reigning king and the disappearance of his son, Ivor Fedorovitch, the Lost Prince.

15th to 20th centuries

It is described in the novel that during the next five centuries, two great Houses (the Iarovitch and the Maranovitch) fought for control of the kingdom in civil wars similar to the Wars of the Roses. In the 1830s a secret organisation of Fedorovitch supporters was formed. Early in the twentieth century the reigning monarch, King Michael Maranovitch of the House of Maranovitch was assassinated together with his family, and civil war broke out as the Iarovitch tried to crown Nicola Iarovitch king. The Secret Party was, though, capable of rising up and sweeping aside the feuding dynasties and proclaim Stefan Loristan, descendant of the Lost Prince, king. The ultimate fate of the countries is not described by the author, but it might be presumed that Samavia was absorbed into one of the East and Central Europe nations formed after World War I.


  • The Lost Prince, Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1915.
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